Starting elementary school or moving from elementary school to middle school or middle school to high school can be intimidating. Chances are you remember worrying about what would be different. When you start new school things can be overwhelming, difficult and let’s be honest downright scary.
If your child will be going to a new school, here are some things you can do to help prepare them:
Do a School Tour
Some schools, especially high schools, offer a school tour that will help kids get ready for the new year. It can be so intimidating to move into a new school that is really large. Doing a tour can help kids learn where classrooms are. If your child is switching schools, ask the faculty if it’s possible to do a school tour.
Ask If They Have Any Questions
This is great for smaller kids. Sit down and talk to them about what questions they may have. For example, they may wonder what it’s like to have a locker rather than having everything in your desk. They may also ask what it’s like to move to different classrooms instead of staying in one room throughout the day.
Dispel Any Rumors
You want to dispel any rumors, especially for students that will be going to high school for the first time. Chances are their friends have told them rumors about being initiated by having their head shoved in a toilet or being shoved in a locker. You want to make sure your kids know that these urban legends have been going on for years. While some kids have had the misfortune of having these things happen to them, it’s rare.
Explain Anything That May Be New
Last, but not least, explain anything that may be new. For middle school students, it may be changing classrooms throughout the day or having a locker. For high school students, it may be having to go to classes all over campus rather than sticking to one section of the school.
Going to a new school can be scary for a child. The unknown is always scary, but you can do a number of things to help prepare your kids. The most important thing is to just sit down with them and explain that everything is going to be okay. Nothing bad is going to happen and many of the scary things they’ve heard are simply urban legends meant to scare them.