Child and family counsellor, Michelle Moreau, suggests that parents help their child by orienting them to a larger world outside the home.
"For example, get them familiar with the library, helping them choose books, and return them on time.Read them books about school, and talk about their teacher and the rules of the classroom".
Most children will have similar problems with their first year of school.Many will find it difficult to share with others, or have conflicts with other children."Use books to prepare your child for sharing," says Ms. Moreau
."An excellent book is In Kindergarten We Share, by Robert Munsch.When children come home and say 'I hate school' talk with them to understand what might be bothering them.Say something like 'how can we work on this together'."If your child is having difficulty making friends, Ms. Moreau
suggests that you organize a small function at your home where a few parents and children come over to meet and mingle.She
suggests that you involve your child in determining who to invite, what games to play, and what toys to put away and not have used by other children.
Help your child prepare for each new day of school by giving her
choices of what clothes to wear, talking in a positive way about the day to come, and helping her
solve problems as they arise.Listen to your child's concerns, says Ms. Moreau
, and say things like" I can see that you're upset about that.
"When we treat our children with respect", says Ms Moreau
, " they will come to expect no less from their peers or other influential persons in their lives."
Since as a parent you are the most significant and influencial person in your child's life, your time and effort can help her
make a successful transition to school.