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Prepare Your Child For The First Day Of School

By Edited Aug 27, 2015 2 4

Prepare Your Child For The First Day Of School

The first day of school can be terrifying for a 4 year old. For some this day can be the first time away from their parents, for others this can be the first time being with a large group of children; whatever your child's situation is, it can be much less terrifying if you make an effort to prepare your child for the first day of school.

After graduating from teacher's college, and being an uncle of 4, I have seen and heard my fair share of tips from both the parents' and teacher's perspective on how to prepare your child for the first day of school. I have used all of those skills and knowledge, and created this article with them, so that you too can successfully prepare your child for the first day of school. If your child is absolutely prepared for the first day of school they will come home with a large smile instead of a face full of tears; moreover, you will know that all of that effort was well worth it once you have seen that smile. Follow these tips and tricks and you will have no trouble when you prepare your child for the first day of school.

Inform Them That You Will Not Be There

This may be the hardest part for them to come to terms with, but this is also the most important information that you can provide them with when you prepare your child for the first day of school. You should let them know that you will be there before they begin school, and the moment that they finish school, but not during the time that they are at school; I would highly recommend avoiding sending nannies and grandparents to go pick them up, but rather go yourself during the first few days of school. This is sort of a hit ore miss deal because they may begin to cry and become frustrated when they hear this, or they may take it lightly; whichever way you explain it to them, you should try to bring on as little anxiety as possible. This should be the first step when you prepare your child for the first day of school.

Tell Them Who The Teacher And Their Position In The Classroom

The teacher also plays a large role when you are trying to prepare your child for the first day of school. You should tell your child that although the teacher is not one of their parents, he or she should be regarded in the same way. You should inform your child that they should treat their teacher in the same way that they treat you as a parent; with respect, by listening to them, answering any questions that they may have, and doing what they ask. Informing your child of the teacher's role in the classroom is a crucial step when you prepare them for the first day of school.

Inform Them Of Co-Student Etiquette

The teacher and the students are the two main factors that your child will encounter on their first day of school; nonetheless, both of them should be explained when you are trying to prepare your child for the first day of school. You should explain to your child that the other students are in the exact same boat as them, and that they may be missing their mommy and daddy too. You should also try to inform your child that they should try and make an effort to comfort the other students, because when they do, they themselves will miss you and your spouse less. You should also generally explain to them that they should be kind, sharing, and forgiving to the other students that they make in the class, as they will probably be their friends rather soon. Explaining co-student etiquette is a crucial step when trying to prepare your child for the first day of school.

Send A Spare Pair Of Clothes In Their Backpack

This is more of an emergency precaution than a role when you prepare your child for the first day of school. Let's face it, accidents happen, and sometimes these accidents can happen at school when you are not around. Your child can have a washroom mishap, get wet outside at recess, or simply get their clothes wet by washing their hands. You should run this idea by the teacher first; however, if approved, you should send an extra set of clothes with your child on the first day of school, and leave them at the school just in case anything of this sort were to happen. Simply inform them that they will be bringing an extra shirt, pants, and sock to school just in case they were to get wet by stepping in a puddle so that they won't have to walk around being wet all day; you should try to avoid informing them about the washroom mishap because it could possibly make them nervous and promote the idea of this happening. Take the precaution of sending a spare set of clothes when you prepare your child for the first day of school in an attempt to save them from the embarrassment of having to walk around school all day being wet.

Make Sure That They Are Wearing A Diaper Or Are Potty Trained

It is obvious that not every single child gets potty trained by the time their first day of school rolls around; however, you should still take the steps to prepare them, whether they have been potty trained or not. If your child has been potty trained, you should ensure to the fullest extent that they are not prone to making a mistake in that sense; it is only when you feel 100 percent confident that they will not make a mistake, can you send them to their first day of school without any diapers. Now its obvious that accidents do happen with 4 year old children at times; however, you should still be sure of their potty training status when you are trying to prepare them for the first day of school. This may include whether they are able to go alone and unattended, and whether they are able to clean themselves without any assistance. If they are not potty trained, you should ensure that they are sent to school with a good stock of spare diapers just in case they are needed. You should also tell your child to inform the teacher once they have went to the washroom in their diaper.

These tips and tricks are nearly necessary when you prepare your child for the first day of school; they must be taken to ensure that they are fully prepared. The further ahead of time that you can try to prepare your child for the first day of school, the better. A good portion of their anxiety, or lack thereof, is usually based on how much time that they have to mentally prepare themselves for the idea of being without their parents, and with a large group of children; the more time that they have to prepare themselves for these ideas, the less anxiety that they will have on the first day of school. Utilize these tips when you prepare your child for the first day of school and you will have no problems seeing them come home with a huge smile on their face after that first day:)

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Comments

Jul 10, 2010 4:36pm
jcmayer777
Oh the first days of school. Bring back some memories with my kids.

I'd like to add that it's a great idea to meet the children's teachers ahead of time. It can help to ease some of their nerves.
Jul 10, 2010 8:10pm
Travis_Aitch
My boy starts kindergarten here really soon...such a big milestone. Great article mcimicata, and great tips. Thumbs up!
Aug 2, 2010 11:34pm
Margielynn
Great article with lots of good info.
Aug 2, 2010 11:34pm
Margielynn
Great article with lots of good info.
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