For many of your children, this is their first school experience. The ECC team would like to provide a few suggestions for assisting your child during this time as well as for our returning students.
As wonderful as this new experience may be, it can also be quite stressful for the young child. New situations and change can be unsettling for all of us. For the PK3 students and some new students in other grades, this may be their first experience of separation from parents. It is common for even the most outgoing child to be anxious the first days of school.
Here are some suggestions:
- Talk to your child about the new school experience by explaining what to expect in his new class, who are his teachers, and what activities or special events he will take part in. Answer all questions directly and honestly.
- Transmit a positive attitude. Young children are aware of your feelings. Your enthusiasm will assure your child that school can be a fun and exciting place.
- Establish a routine involving both the night before a school day as well as a morning preparation. Rituals and routines will add predictability and are comforting in unfamiliar situations.
- Clearly state to your child where you will be and when you will return. It may also be helpful to discuss what will happen when you are reunited.
- Maintain a clear good-bye routine. This may include warning your child you are leaving in a few minutes, a kiss and a hug, or wave from the window. It is important to follow through once you have told him you are leaving. Avoid sneaking out as this seems to encourage children to become less trusting and makes the second and following days of school even harder.
Remember the ECC staff will be available to provide support and assistance to help make your child’s first school days happy days.