A home for a kid is paradise, and the mother’s lap is the safest cradle to be in. Every child eventually enjoys being at school but the beginning of schooling is something that every single child dreads.
This transition from Home to school comes with several ‘first-time’ situations that the child is likely to face.
Pre-school is the first major step is. Pre-school is not mandatory but certainly recommended. Preschools prepare a child for the academic journey that is to begin, and this is the first exposure to the outside world for a child. This is the place that exposes a child to socialize with other kids, igniting their creativity, lots of play & fun, and of course learning.
Sending a child to school for the first can be traumatizing both for the parents as well the child. This is when a child and parent are likely to be separated for the first time for that long period. Preparing for this new experience and journey should always start with meticulous planning by every parent.
Listed below are the few suggested steps that could ease a smooth transition from home to school, All the points suggested are focused on making the child independent before the child moves into the alien environment of a school:
1. Toilet Habits
2. Brushing the teeth by themselves
3. Applying soap by self while Bathing
4. Dressing up
4. Wearing a shoe
5. Playing Outdoor
6. Sleeping alone at fixed bedtime
7. Daily Chores
Toilet Habits: A toddler of 18 to 24 months needs to be trained into correct toilet habits. This is important so that they do not panic if the situation does arise at school and they can manage even in your absence.
Brushing their teeth is a concern of health. The child should be able to do this exercise independently. This adds to the confidence of the child in having done something.
Applying soap by self while bathing- This is one action that will instill the importance of hygiene in a child. This inculcates in the child a feeling of having grown up.
Dressing up Allow the child to dress up without your help. This is a process through which a child learns to manage their dress even at schools in your absence.
Wearing a shoe – However simple it may seem or sound, putting the right foot into the right shoe or tying the shoelace is certainly not a kid’s play. Allow the child to try a hand at it. Achieving success at this gives a huge boost to the confidence of a little one.
Playing Outdoor – Although every child enjoys playing, often parents are reluctant to let the child play outdoors. This is important to add to the physical strength of the child.
Sleeping alone at a fixed time – This is one of the most difficult tasks to achieve. The kids usually sleep either when they are very tired or when they go to bed. Naturally, bedtime is not fixed. Delayed bedtime results in delayed waking. This has a negative effect on the whole daytime routine of the child, Also a child tends to become cranky. Try bedtime stories at a fixed time, these are of great help.
Daily Chores – Doing daily chores like clearing their table, cleaning their mess, placing their belongings at the right place, and also helping you in other daily chores is one of the best methods of making a child organized. This also creates a great image of the child at school when s/he exhibits this ability.
To conclude, all the above activities will help the child to settle down at school because the child is trained to be independent.
It has been seen that the children who are less dependent on every small thing on their parents adapt easily to the shift from the comfort of the home to the environment of the school.