School Readiness and Transitions: Tackling Transitions

School Readiness and Transitions: Tackling Transitions

Transitioning into the school year can be difficult for both the
child and the parents. Whether your child is starting school for
the first time, entering a new school, or simply rising to the next
level, the first few days can be a challenge. Here are some tips to
help ease the transition.

Prepare your children in advance.
Take advantage of summer activities at the school and become
familiar with the setting. Also, reading books about going to
school or how your child may be feeling, can help ease his or her

Suggested books for younger children:
The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn
The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing
Not This Bear: A First Day of School Story by Alyssa Satin

Having a set routine is a key to success. Setting a
regular bedtime and having a morning plan in place will make
everyone’s day run smoother.

Eat a good breakfast. Children need a healthy start to the day for all the brain power and physical energy they will be using throughout the day.

Make the most out of your child’s school day.
Arriving on time daily will provide your child the opportunity
to calmly enter the classroom, with open play at the start of the
day. Additionally, this gives the parent the ability to ask any
questions and provide information to the teachers.
On the other end of the day, picking up at the designed pick-up
time will help your child feel relaxed and comforted that you
will return each day. They will be so full of excitement from
everything they learned, that they won’t be able to wait another
second to tell you about their day. Late pick-ups are upsetting to
children when all of their friends have left. They may also worry
about who and when they are getting picked up.

Never leave without saying good-bye. While it is
easy to sneak out, this can cause a child anxiety and can make
the day even more difficult. Assure your child that you will be
returning and hand him or her off to the classroom teacher.