I am very excited to begin another great year here at the Intermediate Center. I look forward to getting to know and work together with you to best meet the needs of your child this year.
As we begin the school year please keep in mind some helpful strategies to make your child’s transition into the first days of school as successful as possible:
1) Get up early. Plan time for a relaxed morning routine including a healthy breakfast. Allow additional time to handle any “bumps in the road” that could arise.
2) Avoid talking about how much you will miss your child. Do not allow your personal concerns to affect your child’s feelings about school. Look to other parents and your child’s teacher for support with your concerns, but not in the presence of your child.
3) Practice, practice, practice. Walk your child into school and to his/her classroom (if feasible). Establishing a routine will allow your child to build confidence in accomplishing these tasks independently.
4) Put a positive spin on our child’s school experience. Meet the teacher together and point out things within the classroom that you know he/she enjoys (i.e. arts/crafts supplies, the reading corner, fish tank, or computer center).
5) If your child becomes upset, remain calm, acknowledge the feeling, and offer suggestions to help these feelings subside. Possible response: “I know you are upset. Many of the kids in your class are feeling the same way you are. Let’s think about what will help you feel better.” Good suggestions: “Let’s read a book together.” or “Let’s unpack your things together.”
6) Ask for help. If you are having difficulty because your child does not want to let you go, turn to the teacher for assistance. She has probably had a great deal of experience in this area. Suggestion: “Let’s meet your teacher together. You are going to have so much fun with your teacher and the other children today!”
7) Exit swiftly. Look for cues from the teacher and your child, discouraging dependence. Avoid long, drawn-out goodbyes. If you have lingering concerns call the school later on to check in on your child.
(suggestions adapted from www.pbs.org)
If I can be of any further assistance to you or your child please contact me at: Renee.Flaxmayer@tvcs.org
Mrs. Renée Flaxmayer