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How to help your child adjust to a new school?

Changing schools can be a challenging experience, but with support and acceptance, adaptation can be less stressful. Changing schools is often a difficult time for the child. To ensure that your child handles the situation well, it is essential to prepare well. Here are 10 tips to help the family:  Do not announce the change […]


In 18 of April of 2018

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Changing schools can be a challenging experience, but with support and acceptance, adaptation can be less stressful.

Changing schools is often a difficult time for the child. To ensure that your child handles the situation well, it is essential to prepare well.

Here are 10 tips to help the family:
 

Do not announce the change of school well in advance for a child under the age of six, because at that age they still have no perception of time. Just explain everything carefully at the end of the school year, before the move;
Inquire at the new school if it is possible to take a guided tour. It would be best to make this visit when the school is not too full. Otherwise, the child may be overwhelmed with the new impressions. During this visit, ensure that your child has a first impression of the new school so that he or she can calmly face the new school year;
Be aware that your emotions radiate to the child. The more relaxed you are, the more comfortable the child will be;
To make a good start at the new school, it is critical that you be present on the first day of your child`s class. Do you know the location and time of the first meeting with the new class and teachers? You may want to accompany your child at that time, or even talk to the teacher;
The first day of school is special. For a child, the first day of school is a challenge that you may not even remember. Therefore, just be present for your child and soothe him/her with reassuring words;
Make an effort to make sure that your child`s farewell is not endless. Relax and let it go;
If you notice that your child is developing fear and stress before school changes, try to explain that in the face of new situations this is normal. At the same time, remain calm and create an atmosphere of protection. Explain to your son/daughter that they will soon get used to the new environment and soon have new friends;
Make it clear to your child that you can visit your old friends if the move is not too far away. Thanks to the internet, even distant friends can be contacted;
If you move to a new area, show your child possible extracurricular activities (eg sports clubs) where he/she can make new friends;
If the distance after the change still allows, the old activities can be continued, so that the habits and contacts remain.

The Swiss-Brazilian School of Curitiba respects the individuality of each child and knows the importance of working together, between family and school, to better welcome the student in the new environment and make him feel that he belongs. To find out more about this multi-lingual and multinational school, call and schedule a visit by calling 41 3525-9100 or learn more here.

 

Fonte: Gauchazh; Delas.