Tips on Adjusting to a new school

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors CBURE#0406046

Transitioning from one home to another can be especially difficult for school age children who have legitimate concerns:  Will I get along with my new teacher?  Will I make friends easily?  Who will I talk to at recess? Will I be behind the other kids?  Making new friends, meeting new teachers, learning different subjects and finding new classrooms in a campus that is unfamiliar are just some of the obstacles a new student has to overcome. The Austin Metro Guide has published 5 tips on helping children adjust to a new school and how you as a parent can help make this a smooth and painless transition.

1.      BE PROACTIVE
Before you move, research opportunities for your child to make neighborhood friends before the first day of school.  Sports teams, summer camps and extracurricular clubs are all great places to start.  Talking to your Realtor® and asking if he/she can get phone numbers for the local YMCA or Scout troop is a good place to start.  And, don’t forget to call the school.  Many schools (especially at secondary level) offer a summer transition camp where new students can become familiar with the campus, make new friends and meet teachers before the first day.  Seeing that familiar face on the big day can make a huge difference to your child and relieve a lot of anxiety.

2.      SPEND TIME AS A FAMILY
Continuing family traditions is especially important during times of change.  If your family is used to pizza every Tuesday, make that the official Family Pizza Night.  If every Saturday, you walk the dog after eating waffles, don’t stop now!  Your child craves consistency and normalcy, especially after a move.  Show your family that not everything in their lives has changed.  It will make them feel safe and secure.

3.      MAKE NEW FRIENDS, BUT KEEP THE OLD
Encourage your child to keep in touch with friends from the old neighborhood and school via phone calls, emails or even personal letters. As long as they are properly supervised, children may use social media and internet chatting to keep in touch; but it is important to have discussions about internet safety and always make sure you have access to their accounts.  Above everything, make sure your child is balancing time spent with new friends and time reconnecting with those left behind.

4.      JUMP IN WITH BOTH FEET
Once school has started, encourage your child to join a club, organization or sports team.  This may not be the time to push them into an activity, so make sure  you discuss their level of interest and skills first.  Some options: chess club, band, science club, cheerleading, choir to name a few.  Many schools offer an after school program like Boys and Girls Club that have structured activities and homework tutoring.  Most teachers are trained to spot student’s strengths and would be happy to suggest the best extracurricular match for your child – so don’t be afraid to ask!

5.      BE PATIENT
For most children, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks to settle into a new school.  If it is possible and your child is comfortable with it, drive him/her to school for at least the first week.  Having daily chats with your child about their fears and concerns will show your loving support.  Offer advice, but also allow them to make their own decisions when appropriate and most importantly celebrate the small victories.  Giving them the time they need, supporting and loving them is what is important.  And, before you know it, your children will become comfortable and happy in their new school.

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

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I  find thatThese all apply to life as well as school: at a new job, a new neighborhood, a party where you know virtually no one, etc! Great stuff, Dorie!

 

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August 10, 2012 08:52 PM #18
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Hi Dorie.  Great tips for the parents and the children.

August 11, 2012 03:21 AM #19
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What a wonderful post Dorie and just in time fro anxious parents like me that have a child riding the bus for first time. .

August 11, 2012 04:25 AM #20
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Some excellent tips here.  Change is a challenge for us adults and sometimes we forget the kids are going through it as well!

August 11, 2012 05:23 AM #21
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Dorie, excellent tips for children transitioning to a new school. Thankfully, most kids adapt easily.

August 11, 2012 05:57 AM #22
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Great advice indeed! Have a wonderful weekend in the sun!

August 11, 2012 07:13 AM #23
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I never forgot the stress of having to go either back to school or school period...Good post Dorie

August 11, 2012 07:26 AM #24
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Going to a new school has to be some of the most stressful times, you've provided some excellent tips to help the adjustment go as smoothly as possible.

 

August 11, 2012 07:57 AM #25
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Good post.  Sometimes the parents are so busy selling, buying, packing, moving, unpacking, etc.  that they lose track of the kids.  In my opinion, the kids should always be first.

August 11, 2012 08:09 AM #26
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Dorie, what great advice for those children transitioning into a new school.   You do a great job with your relocation families and the adjustments the families need to make!

August 11, 2012 09:49 AM #27
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Dorrie, this is such a great blog!  Perfect for this time of the year.  Going to have to share!

August 11, 2012 09:49 AM #28
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+1 Just in time! Great post and tips.

 

August 11, 2012 10:05 AM #29
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Great tips. Kids definitely need all the help they can get when adjusting to a new school.
August 11, 2012 10:20 AM #30
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Such a wonderful post covering the emotional adjustments for "back to school." It can be so hard for children...this is wonderful Dorie. I can see why it was featured.

August 11, 2012 11:17 AM #31
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Personally I think if parents let there kids alone, the'd make friends fast and be better for the experience.

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Congrats on the featured story Dorie! This is very timely and will be sure to get lots of reblogs.

August 11, 2012 11:49 AM #33
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Great tips for helping kids deal with a stressful time. Thanks for the post.

August 11, 2012 12:18 PM #34
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These are great tips that should help all children making the adjustment into a new school. Thanks for sharing.

August 11, 2012 02:23 PM #35
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Great tips for parents moving into a new area. Thanks for sharing!

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Spending time with the family, this is my favorite.  It will help the little kids adjust to their new environment because they know that they will always have their family who's always there to support them.

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