There are different types of adaptation: physiological, psychological and emotional. Very important in preparation for school to pay attention to all these aspects and not only focus on the intellectual development of the child and academic achievement. How to help the child quickly adapt to school life?
head of the private elementary school Schola Prima and the network of child development centers “Miracle School Smart”
How to deal with this important step and reduce stress?
Tip one: choose Carefully
Better to do it at least two years before admission. The child is very difficult to change schools, so consider all of that then could turn into a problem. The best way to study the reviews, do not be lazy to go to school and talk with parents of primary school students. Many parents choose schools, rankings and prestige, chasing schools and special schools with complex programs with large loads. But primary school is not as important rating as a teacher. It is from the teacher, his professionalism, character, motivation and kindness depends on how quickly the child adapts to the school and its academic success.
Do not pursue quantity of knowledge and note quality. Foreign languages and math Olympiad will not run away – they can add to the quality of further education and in the third and fourth years provided that the child can easily cope with the main workload.
Tip two: get Ready for school in advance
Often parents think about school readiness during the year before admission and looking for courses that their children would be put at their desks and gave the knowledge of a first grader. But it is important that the child can easily interact with adults and other children, was attentive, disciplined, but open, active and motivated. Ages 3 to 5 years it is important to teach the child how to socialize with other children and adults in the format of the game or in the framework of the educational process. This skill in the future will help him successfully integrate into a new team of adults and children in school.
Often, preparatory courses, parents choose classes at the school.
These classes, in fact, duplicate the 1st grade of primary school and are not designed for this age. But 6-7 years is better to teach children in a playful way, through movement and not to put him at the Desk. So he quickly mastered the material and will retain an interest in the educational process at school. Therefore, give preference to those courses, development centres, where classes are held under copyright of the playing techniques that have individual approach to each child, and where in group of no more than 8 people.
Tip three: the School is a holiday
Change the mode of the day, the new requirements and loading often cause the child a lot of worry and a feeling of insecurity. Do not ask first-graders a lot, and help him in all phases of training. Praise him for the successes and the failures maintain. At the beginning of the first class it is important to establish a routine and to learn certain rules with your child. And it is also desirable to be done in the form of games. For example, we together in the evening preparing child for school, mom to work: who will collect your “portfolio”? Or study mathematics, and on weekends hosted the competition, who will do the homework: mother or child? The winner of the prize.
At the same time, from the first days of school have the child to understand that now he’s an adult, he has a new, very significant social role, which requires him responsibility and independence. The positive emotional impact of the celebration on 1 September. Make this day an important family holiday with first class and then the school will the child be associated with something joyful and incredibly interesting.
Tip four: Help to make friends
Recognition in the team and in a good mood – a guarantee of good study. If your child is shy and it’s hard for him to make the first move, help him to make friends in the class. Find out who he wants to be friends, and organize a joint trip outside of school or even invite this potential friend to visit. In an informal and pleasant environment children need very little time to become good friends.
Tip five: don’t give up
All children have different speed of adaptation and the perception of the material. Not always poor performance in the first and second classes means that the child will drag in the tail and on. But some children need a little more time to prove himself.
If you see that your child is difficult to cope with studies and everything else at school is not experiencing difficulties, it is often enough to engage with him further. You can do this on their own, ask the teachers or go to tutoring school. The main thing is to help the child, to support him!
If all means are tried, and the child goes to school with tears in their eyes, often sick and bad student, you should consult a child psychologist. It is important to quickly detect the problem and take urgent action to address it. School, unlike kindergarten, is an essential part of anyone’s life, so important that she left only good memories.