It’s not an easy decision for parents to make about when their children are ready to make a transition to Big School. Many parents feel anxiety when their child is about to start a formal educational setting. After all, this jump up to a formal education is a big step.
Parents are usually worried whether their child:
- Will fit in the new bigger environment?
- Knows what he / she needs to know?
- Will make it to the toilets?
- Be able to get dressed up after PE?
- Will he/she make friends?
And so on….
However, there are plenty of ways that help parents to get rid of their anxieties and be prepared for the Big school along with their children. Here are some tips for you to become comfortable with the idea of Big School:
- Express your concerns with your child. Let them know about the new challenges of Big School and assure them that they have the abilities to meet those challenges.
- Talk to your child about how they feel moving on to the Big school, what they are looking forward to, and if there is anything they’re worried about. Then make strategies to help your child and yourself to overcome those issues.
- Try to meet the other parents and make your child to meet his / her classmates before the school starts.
- Attend open evenings and school production / plays with your child, so that both of you will get an idea about what’s going on there. Your child will start to recognize more faces of older kids.
- If your child will be going to take a bus to school. Practice a few sessions with them before the school starts. Teach them to let the bus driver or the teacher know, in case any bullying occurs.
- Encourage your child to make new friends by making the first move. It will help your child to get settled in the new environment easily.
- If your child has special needs (such as a food allergy or a learning disability), make the necessary arrangements with the school in advance to line up the services and support.
- Don’t expect the school to teach your child everything, look out for ideas to support your child’s learning at home. Home learning has an 80% impact on your child’s academic success.
It is important to stay emotionally positive and happy, your child will pick up on your vibes and in turn will also be positive and happy.