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Preparing Your Child for a New Grade

Preparing Your Child for a New Grade

The summer holidays are drawing to an end and soon, it will be time to start a new grade. A new grade comes with many worries for a child. In schools, this could mean the shuffling of classes and in turn, separation from close friends. In others, your child may still retain her/his old friends but may gain an entirely new set of teachers. Depending on their school, they may also move to a different campus as they progress. Each of these changes come with their own set of apprehensions and anxieties. If all goes well, your child will transition comfortably. However, it's better to be safe than sorry – so be ready for whatever New Grade confusion that could ensue.

The first step in all of this is to make sure your child eases out of summer holiday laziness and transitions comfortably into having a fixed routine. Begin a week before holidays are due to come to a close. Wake them up earlier than they're used to and make sure they're having their meals on time. Get them out of the habit of watching tv or movies till late and get them to bed on time. Simple acts like these will help you later, avoiding tantrums and grogginess once school starts.

Allow your child to build up their own sense of excitement for the new grade by taking them to pick up their new stationery, a new backpack if necessary or even their new uniform for the next year. It will help them mentally familiarize themselves with the idea that they're moving up a year and will be experiencing some changes. They may not be entirely comfortable sharing their anxieties to you, so why not take them to meet their close friends? Your child will find company in her/his worries, venting out what they need to.

The day before school begins, make sure your child is ready – backpack, stationery, new school books and all. Don't send them and yourselves into a state of panic by not being prepared for their first day. It is also recommended that you have an open and honest conversation with your child before their first day. Hear them out, whatever their fears and apprehensions may be. As a parent, remind them that you're there as a sounding board, whenever they feel worried or upset. If you are especially concerned about your child's entry into a new grade, meet their teacher during orientation and calm your own concerns.

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