Whether your child is going to school for the first time or starting a new school year, the transition to school after a long stay at home can seem unreal for parents and kids alike. The sudden move from a home routine to a school routine can make kids whiny and inattentive in early school days.
This is bound to have an impact on their learning ability. Therefore, the kids need to be prepared for the first day of school.
For your kids to do their best at school from the start, you need to make them excited for the school day and be excited about how much fun and learning your kid is going to have at school. The best way to do this is to help them in easing into school routine and activities, at home in advance.
JBM Smart Start is among the best Schools in Greater Noida West that makes learning an exciting adventure by creating a nurturing environment for kids that makes transitioning to school for young learners a breeze and their first day of school rocking.
We recognize that kids spend a major chunk of their day at school and thus, provide them a warm and welcoming environment with friendly faces, smiles, and a ton of fun while learning.
The first day of school is crucial for kids as it sets the tone for the entire year. It helps students to put a clean slate, start afresh in their learning journey, and develop a positive mindset for their time in school.
It is the day teachers and their classmates meet after a long time and thus, it helps to establish a good relationship with their educators and their peers.
So, to give your kids a good starting point in school, it is vital to prepare for the first day at school beforehand. This will result in the children being motivated by the anticipation and excitement surrounding the first day of school rather than being nervous.
Here are some useful tips on how you can prepare your kids for an amazing first day of school after a long carefree vacation at home.
It’s good for the kids to visit the school grounds before they start as this familiarises them with the school environment which they have been away from for a long.
If you don’t have access to school grounds, you can drive past the school or walk around it, mentioning to your kids what a wonderful time they are going to have in school when it starts.
Talk about the reasons to look forward to the first day in school – making new friends, meeting old ones, greeting their favourite teachers, playing on the ground, learning new things, and more.
Many schools host an open house for students & parents to come visit the school and meet the teachers. Do not miss it and when you go, make sure to introduce your kid to the teacher so that they see a familiar face on their first day and have a chat with them when your kid can hear you. This shows to the child that the teacher is someone you trust & like.
Tell the children about the kids they will meet, the games they’ll play, the activities they will do, the vibrant classroom they will be sitting in, the toys and props, and how you’ll always be there to pick them up at the end of the first day at school. This puts the kids at ease and makes them feel delighted to go to school.
Read to your kids books that describe going to school such as ‘The Pigeon Has To Go To School’ by Mo Willems, ‘Little Owls First Day’ by Debi Gliori, and more, and tell them stories about children having a good time learning new things with their classmates, playing, doing fun activities.
Talk about how much fun learning is and the friendships that gave you positive memories in school. This will boost the child’s confidence by many notches.
Let your kids play around with their friends from the previous year. Seeing familiar faces at school will help children acclimatize themselves to the school atmosphere quicker and your kid will be pumped up to see his/her friend every day in school soon.
A visit to the mart shopping for school supplies such as a geometry box, lunch box, a new school bag, a cool water bottle, a snack bag, and new books to read this session would make a sensible idea to ease your kids into going to school while getting some preparations done.
Your mood and energy influence your kid big time. When you have a positive energy about your kid starting school, it will spill onto your kids as well. If your child shows reservations about going to school and has some anxiety over it which is normal, tell calmly and confidently that everything will go well and that you’re nearby if they need you.
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To get your child comfortable with the idea of leaving home and going to school, you can make use of roleplay. Act like their favorite soft toy is going to school and it gives an explanation of why it needs to go away, why school is important to it, and that the kid doesn’t have to worry as it would be back home in no time.
Before school starts, teach your kid how to put things such as books, notebooks, and geometry in the school bag, show them how to polish and put their shoes on, and eat or drink on their own so that they are able to do these things independently when in school.
Playing board games such as Ludo, Snakes & Ladders will teach the kids that they have to be patient and wait to take their turn. This will be helpful when your child is put in a large group. They will understand that they can’t cut the queue and that everyone has to wait for their turn.
When your child goes to school, they will have to follow a schedule for the most part of the week. To get your kid accustomed to the same routine, what you can do is implement a daily routine a week before which includes going to bed early, waking up early, and eating a healthy breakfast. Before school starts, communicate to the kids about the routine changes that they should expect.
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Once your kid starts school, he/she would be doing a lot of learning which primarily involves reading, so help them to get into practice by getting some titles of their choice and setting up a nook at home for them to sit and read on their own. Pick different genres to keep it interesting such as poetry, graphic comics, mysteries, biographies, and more.
A new school year begins a new chapter in your kid’s life, make it interesting and exciting with your support at all times. Doing the above-mentioned things, you can rest assured that you have done the best you can in making your child well-prepared for school days. Be on time to pick them up at the end of the school day and ask them how it went.
JBM Smart Start is the best school in greater Noida that can offer the right start to the educational journey of your child. Our commitment to quality education and a nurturing environment has earned us a strong reputation. Enroll your students now!
Talk to your kids about school and how much fun it is going to be, follow a school routine of going to bed early & wake up early from a week before so that kids easily get accustomed to the school schedule, go shopping for school supplies to prepare them well for school.
Prepare for the first day of school by thinking about all the learning that will happen, the new and old friends you will see, and by intending to brush up some of your skills in a certain area that makes you excited about learning.