Back to school tips – Getting through the first day
For many children, the first day back at school is the most difficult. Here are some tips for your child to help them through Day 1.
By: totanaliz on: Mon 23 of Jul, 2007 [09:53 UTC] (1212 reads)
Most children feel excited about returning to school, tinged with regret that the long, enjoyable summer is finally over! But for some kids, the first day back can be a time for nerves and worries, especially if they have moved to a new school.
Here are some hints to help them through the first day.
On the first day back, the teachers tend to spend most of the time talking, going over the new rules and the information that you need to know. Don´t try and remember everything, take a notebook into class and write down anything you think will be important ( such as lunchtime and where the canteen is!).
Try and say “hello” to kids that you don´t know. It can help to make the first move, and you might even make some new friends on the first day.
Make yourself feel special for the first day, wear a favourite T-shirt, clothes you feel comfortable and good in. If you have to wear a uniform, perhaps you can wear a new hairslide, watch or some other item to make you feel good.
Make sure you have a small amount of cash, just a few dollars and some coins, tucked into a safe place in your backpack. That way if you have an emergency and need to make a phone call, or you forget your lunch money one day, you have some spare cash to help you out.
Pack your bag the night before , so that you have a little more time and don´t panic in the morning. Make sure you have all the stationery and supplies that you need.
If you have to get on the bus and are nervous about sitting alone, try taking along a book or a magazine to pass the time.
If you don´t like the school meals, make other arrangement, such as taking a lunch box, so that you know what to do at lunch and break times. Perhaps the school has vending machines or a small shop, if so find out where they are.
If you aren´t sure about something, ask for help. Don´t muddle through and get confused, your teachers are there to help you!
Don´t worry if at the end of the first day, you still feel like you hate school! If everything is new it will take some time for you to adjust. Once you can find your way between classes, have made a few friends and know where everything is you will feel a lot better. Give it time , but if the feelings don´t go away, talk to your parents or a teacher about your worries.