Just as you would need some time to adjust to a new workplace with unfamiliar rules and coworkers, some kids need a little extra help to get used to their new school after moving. As a parent, you can act as a facilitator to help your child form the relationships he or she needs to feel comfortable in the classroom. Here’s how.
Meet the Teacher
If you have the opportunity to visit or tour your child’s school before the year starts, use it. This is your chance to meet the teachers and staff your child will be spending most of their day with. Get to know them on a first-name basis and tell them all about your child’s personality, their likes and dislikes, and whether they’re outgoing or shy. Getting to know the teacher will make it easier for them to communicate with you if your child is having trouble adjusting to school, and you can work together as a team to make his or her transition as easy as possible.
Stick to the List
Nothing keeps anxiety at bay like preparing, and helping teachers out with classroom supplies will strengthen that relationship. Follow the school supply list exactly as written and make sure your child packs his or her backpack with everything they’ll need for their first day, including supplies meant for the entire classroom to share like boxes of tissues.
Make a Play Date
Talk to your child every day after school to get the details on which kids they’re hanging out with. Once you have names, introduce yourself to parents and set up the first play date as soon as possible to help jumpstart those budding friendships.