The first day of school can be a scary thing. New teacher, new classmates, and new things to learn. And if it’s a completely brand new school, too, it’s that much more nerve-racking. You don’t know your way around or know anyone. It’s enough to make even the most confident child lose some confidence. It doesn’t have to be a hard thing, though. Learn ways to make the first day of school easy for your child.
Seven Ways to Make the First Day of School Great
1. Get ready the night before.
Lay out your clothes and have your backpack and lunch already packed up. If you are taking the school bus, you might miss it if you aren’t ready to go in the morning. Bring a little extra money in case you want to share a cookie with a new friend. Go to bed early to make sure you get enough sleep. First day jitters can keep you from falling asleep at your normal time.
2. Eat a good breakfast.
Even if you don’t normally eat breakfast, do it today. You want the boost in the morning to be ready and alert throughout the day. If you have a nervous stomach, try something small like an oatmeal bar or a smoothie.
3. Be friendly and approachable.
Smile at (or back) other students to show you would like to get to know them. Which rolls into…
4. Make friends.
Act naturally and you will attract new people. Don’t be overly aggressive. Try approaching someone who is alone, so as not to be intimidated by a crowd. If they don’t seem to be interested, it’s okay. There are plenty of other students that you can make friends with. Remember, it’s only the first day.
5. Have a positive attitude.
Going back to school after the summer off can be a downer, but don’t be negative about it. The first day of school should be about getting to know your classmates and new teacher(s). Unless you somehow have a test, this will be a fun day. Also, do not speak poorly about the teacher or other students in order to impress someone. This will turn off potential friends and you never know who might be listening.
6. Be nice to your teacher(s).
This is the first day of school for teachers, too. They are also coming back to school from a summer of time off and there will be an adjustment period. Listen to what they have to say to see if you have anything in common to connect with.
7. Participate in first day of school activities.
This is a great chance to learn about your classmates. If you are in kindergarten, or this is a new school, chances are you don’t know anyone. Speaking with the other children will ultimately help you make friends.
Starting the school year off with a positive attitude will help set the tone for the rest of the year. Don’t worry about what other people have said about a particular student or teacher. Everyone will have their own experience. As long as you are prepared and come in with an open mind, you are going to have a great first day of school.
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