Transition to School
Starting school is an important time for young children, their families, and their educators. The transition to school sets the tone and direction of a child’s school career. It is essential that the transition occurs in such a way that children have a positive view of the school and a feeling of competence as learners. Starting school means becoming part of a group including the other students and teachers. The teachers will take the time to get to know each child personally. The children will begin to form relationships with the other members of the group.
We want each child to have the opportunity to feel comfortable and secure in the classroom. We want the teachers to have the opportunity to get to know the unique qualities of each child, their needs, and their special personalities. This will help children and teachers form an attachment and create a trust between them.
Research has proven that the best way to this is to start children in a program for short periods and gradually move them into the regular schedule. To that end, we have designed a transition program for each grade level. Naturally, we look at each child as an individual and if anyone needs more time we will gladly work with you.
Education is a joint venture between the school and the home. You can support our transition program by properly preparing your child for school:
Young children always feel more comfortable if they know what to expect. Before the new school year begins, please explain to your child how his or her daily routines will change.
Try waking your child earlier a couple of days before the new school year begins and explain why you are doing it. This may prevent your child from being confused or groggy on the first day of school.
Reading books with children is a great way to introduce any experience. They can see how other children beginning school have the same feelings of uncertainly and how they overcome them. Two of my favorites are The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, and Will I Have a Friend? By Miriam Cohen.
Please let us know if there is any way we can be of help to you in this process.