Summer time is a very popular time for families to move and for kids to start at new schools. We moved mid school-year and Zoey had to start a new school. Starting a new school can be so difficult for kids. New home. New school. New friends. This can be a lot to handle for little ones. So, I sat Zoey down for help with this post again and she told me about the things that helped her when we moved.
1.Show them their new school before they start
Although Zoey was excited to start a new school she was also very curious and nervous as well. I took her to see her new school while school was in session. Call ahead of time to ask for a tour. If you can’t get a tour at least make sure to drive them to it so they can see it. We went and checked it out a couple days before.
2.Find them a buddy
I am not sure if this is weird BUT I am always looking to make friends for my kids. When we first moved I encouraged Zoey to go outside and make new friends. I figured they were all kids who went to the same school. Although none of the kids were her age she still liked seeing familiar faces on her first days.
3.Meet their teacher ahead of time
If you can get their teacher’s information ahead of time try and schedule a meeting. Let their new teacher know you just moved. They can help them make new friends and transition. It is also helpful as a parent to know what their plans are for the school year. Zoey’s teacher was aware of her moving and she made sure to have her desk ready and let her class know she was coming.
4.Get to school early on their first day.
Get there early! You will have time to walk them out and find their classroom. On Zoey’s first day I walked her to class. She was able to see where kids wait and get a feel for the school’s morning routine. Another plus to getting there early is that you can find them yet another friend.
5.Give them a pep talk
I pumped Zoey up for her first day for as long as I knew it was happening. I let her pick out an outfit she loved so she would feel extra confident. I also left her little notes in her backpack and lunch so she would remember Mamma Bear loves her.
Being prepared and showing her extra love was the best thing I could do. However that looks for your kids could be different. Just remind them they are awesome & give them tons of hugs and kisses, just maybe not in front of everyone at school.