Many children are jittery on the first day of school. Listed are ways to prepare your child for the big day!
-Read books about school.
-Talk to other children about school, especially siblings or neighborhood
friends. These “experts” can help answer any questions your child might ask.
-Visit the school and the classroom prior to the first day.
-Introduce your child to the new teacher before the first day of school.
-Use structure to foster independence.
*Establish a regular bedtime at least two weeks before the start of
*Establish an unhurried morning routine to help your child get ready-
and feel ready-to take on the school day.
-Practice the school drop-off and pick-up procedure with your child.
-Play school! Role play imagined school scenes, such as asking restroom
permission or walking quietly in the hall.
-Transitional objects encourage and support the child through the school day.
*Select school supplies together, such as backpacks or lunchboxes.
*Place a family photo or special note inside your child’s lunchbox.
-Plan to say good-bye quickly. Children are quick to “pick up” signs of
hesitation by parents and may become upset. MAKE THE SEPARATION CLEAN.”
-Take a short time out at the end of the day and discuss your child’s big
Congratulations! You made it through Day One!