How to Prepare Your Child for the First Day of School

The first day of school for your child is going to be a big day for both of you, and for some it may cause some fear and anxiety. As a parent, you can do a great deal to help your child get through this time of change and new experience by helping them prepare for school. If you fail to prepare your child for their first day, it will be more difficult for both of you, but a child that has been adequately prepared will deal much better with this new change in their life. The following are some helpful ways that you can help prepare your child for their first day of school.

Take a Tour
One of the best ways to prepare your child for the big first day of school is to take them to the school so they can take a tour. It will be a big help for your child to see the layout of the school where they will be going, so the first day will not have them in a totally strange place. If they are able to take a tour, they will be able to visualize going to school instead of fearing the worst.

Meet the Teacher
Another great way to help your child prepare for their first day of school is to take your child in to meet their teacher. Most teachers are skilled at dealing with children and will be able to make your child feel at ease. It will be helpful to your child to have a picture in their head of their teacher on the first day of school. This will help them to be able to find their teacher easily and the teacher will not seem like such a stranger, since they will have already met.

Play School
Playing school together, or roleplaying, may be a great way to help your child mentally prepare for their first day of school. Make the roleplaying fun and exciting so your child feels excited about going to school. Playing school together will help communicate to your child that school will be fun and exciting, and it will be much less scary for them on the first day.

Make School Supply Shopping Fun
Part of preparing for school includes shopping for school supplies, and getting your child involved in the school supply shopping will be fun and will help them mentally prepare for school. Talk about all the cool supplies that they will be using in school, and use the shopping trip to further a positive outlook on the first day of school.

While the first day of school may not be without it’s challenges, you can definitely make it an easier process if you take the time to prepare your child for what is going to happen. If you take the time to properly prepare your child for the first day of school, you should have a child who is excited to go to school and enjoy the fun.

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