Getting Ready for Back-to-School: Step 5
No matter how old your child is, he will have some anxiety about school. Taking a trip or two to the school, meeting the staff or playing on the playground equipment are sure to help ease his fears.
- Visit your child's school with a purpose
- If your child is new to school, it is especially important to make a visit. Walk around the school on one visit. Take another visit to teach your child how to get from his drop off point to his classroom. Practice the path a few times and point out a landmark or two along the way. After a few practices, let your child show you how to get to his classroom.
- Even if your child isn't new to school, it's still a good idea to visit the school and make sure your child knows where to go.
- Meeting the teacher is a great idea and many schools have a specific event for this. If you visit the school and your teacher is there, it's okay to peek in and say hi, but make your visit very short. Teachers value this time, prior to the start of school, so they can prepare their classroom and lessons for their students as well as attend several meetings.
- A visit to the school is a great time to introduce your child to the other important staff members at the school; principal, office staff, custodian, nurse, lunch lady, etc. Remember to make the visits short because they are busy preparing for kids, too. Ask if you can take their picture to review their names at home.
- What Do I See? download
- 6 Pieces of cardstock
- 2 Pieces of construction paper 5.5" x 8.5"
- Pictures of school staff members
- Picture of your child
- Print the download onto the cardstock.
- Cut each page in half width-wise. The pages of the book should be 5.5" x 8.5".
- Glue in the pictures of the staff members and your child on the appropriate pages.
- Place the pages in order, then place a piece construction paper on the front and back for the cover and staple together.
- Fill in the book according to the directions on the download.
- Practice reading the book so your child becomes familiar with the people who work at school.