Tips for Preparing your Child for School
Starting school is a major milestone for every child, and after a couple of years at home with mum, the time comes to begin to explore the wide world. This can understandably be a stressful time for both parent and child, and there are things you can do to help make the transition a smooth one, as outlined below.
- Take your Child for an Informal Visit – Prior to the first day of kindergarten, take your child for a short visit, which will greatly reduce (or remove) any anxiety the child might be experiencing. Taking your child to the Rama 2 international school ahead of time will allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings, and by focusing on all the fun aspects, your child’s focus will remain positive.
- Discuss School – Talking to your child about the up and coming first day of school will help in many ways, and by answering any questions they may have, you are helping them to prepare for the separation. Obviously, any discussions need to be on the child’s level of understanding, and by keeping things upbeat and positive, there is less chance of anxiety creeping in.
- Separation – Mother and child have a very strong bond and in order to alleviate any stress, you should begin to spend time away from your child prior to school beginning. Leaving the room while your son or daughter is in the company of a family member will prepare them for times when mum is not around, and these little absences should be for 15-30 minutes at a time. Soon the child understands that when mum disappears, it is only temporary and they will not feel threatened in any way. It is also a good idea to get out and about with your child; walks in the park, a trip to the local shops, all of these little outings build trust.
- Story Telling – Tell your child stories that involve school, as this will help them to understand how things work and always reinforce the fact that mum is never far away and the school experience is one to be enjoyed.
The first day at school need not be stressful if you plan accordingly, and all of the above will help to create a feeling of safety within your child, as they prepare to explore the real world and with your constant support, your child will enjoy the many new experiences.