We’re nearly done with our first week of school at Kids Village, and it’s been so amazing to have students back in our school! Now that you’re getting back into the swing of things with your child, here are some tips to help your child adjust to their new routine at school.
Use our Valet Service
We know that for parents of some first-time parents the valet line can seem intimidating or like an impersonal way to drop off your student, but we promise, the kids love it! It’s a simple, quick, and SAFE way to get your child into and out of school.
The other reason our families love the valet service is because it offers routine with their child. The unbuckle, say “good-bye” to mom or dad, taking the Kids Village staff member’s hand, and being guided inside means the start of their school day. Having this regular routine makes drop-off more emotionally smooth for your child since they know what to expect.
Asked Positively-Worded Questions
Avoid asking questions like “Did you cry?” “Did you miss me?” “Were you nervous?” This could lead your child to think “Am I supposed to cry?” or “Does mommy/daddy expect me to be nervous?”
Ask positively-worded questions like:
- “Did you have so much fun at school today?”
- “Did you get to play with lots of friends today?”
- “What was your favorite part of school today?”
Ask Interactive Questions with your Child
Your child is probably as excited to tell you about their day as you are to hear about it, but sometimes their mind draws a blank—which is why you get a lot of “I don’t knows” or one-word answers. Get creative with your questions! Ask things that don’t require yes or no questions, like:
- What was your favorite part of school today?
- Was there anything at school that made you smile today?
- Tell me about something you did with a friend at school today!
- What did you wish you did more of at school today?
Your child may give you “I don’t remember…” the first couple times, but if you get into a routine of asking fun, engaging questions after school, they’ll get into the routine of expecting them.
Don’t Forget to Let Them Drive the Conversation Too!
It can be easy to get caught up in asking question after question, but don’t forget the most important question of all:
“Is there anything you’re excited to tell me about school today?”
Have a “Go to School” Routine
Having a “Go to School” routine can help smooth your mornings (or afternoons) and prevent the battle to get ready. If you have morning school, have a scheduled time to wake up and a routine for eating breakfast, getting dressed, brushing teeth, and any other morning inclusions you’d like to add (like morning snuggles or story time).
If you have an afternoon student, try a routine like taking the dogs on a walk, having lunch, brushing teeth, and singing a song while your child puts on his or her shoes. Whatever routine you choose, consistency is a key. The patterned event signals to your child that it’s almost school time so they have time to emotionally prepare and gear-up for the day.
Another tip is to make sure this routine includes time to connect one-on-one with your child. Sometimes the battle to get them through the door can occur because they feel disconnected with you and aren’t ready to go away until they feel that safe connection again.
If your child is having trouble adjusting to school, let us help! Our Kids Village teachers and staff are pros at helping students adjust to the school environment. Call or stop by to speak with the Education Director to discuss strategies for helping make your child’s experience a positive one.