There are kids who are naturally sociable even in their young age, but some grows up very much of a loner and a quiet type. The latter will be much of a concern for some parents with kids who are unsociable.
The crucial part of a school year is the “First day,” for those kids who are used to schooling and hanging around with different kids, this is fun and exciting! But for those who will come to school for the first time, this first day is scary!
Preparation isn’t just done by the parents but also with the help of the teachers so that children will be in a smooth transition. Part of the preparation could be to give the children an overview of what to expect. Knowing what lies ahead will help the children emotionally prepare themselves and give them enough time to do so. Social activities prior to school day could be through storytelling, games and conversations with group of kids. You can invite some kids in the neighborhood. This will somehow give them a chance to socialize in a controlled environment.
To jump start the school year for them, you can start discussing different aspects of school activities such as teachers, classmates and assignments. Just make sure that you will have a positive light during the conversation.
For teachers, what they can do to participate in this pre- preparation for first day of school, they can send some very welcoming letters to students that says much about how excited they are to meet them on the first day of school.
When it comes to storytelling, it is best to have a somewhat of a fixed program, having a little bit of formality but still fun. Through storytelling, you can very well stimulate the brain, encourage the creativity and increase the vocabulary. Choose books that talk about getting ready for school, classroom rules, making friends, etc. having to put them as part of the story can also help them visualize themselves better in an actual scenario.
One more thing, you can also pay a visit to the school even before the first day of school. Meet the teachers; see the classrooms and some students. Having a firsthand experience of the school even before school starts, will lessen the anxiety and stress. In short, make a TOUR!
If you also want your kids to feel the school year ambiance, weeks or even months before the school year starts, start training them to sleep early and wake up early so they can adjust their body clock accordingly. Do this gradually so they wouldn’t have any adjustment problem. To make it more exciting, create surprises for them so it will be easy for them to wake up early.
And of course, having discussed all these, don’t forget to plan in advance when it comes to having checkups, buying school supplies, registering for school, hiring transportation or service, etc.
It pays to involve your children young or old into social skills activities.