Dealing With School Anxiety in Young Children

pexels-photo-236215Heading back to school after summer break means meeting a new teacher, making new friends, and sometimes transitioning to a new school building. Young children may find this process a bit scary and intimidating. Our staff recognizes that school anxiety in young children can be a real issue, here are a few tips parents can utilize to help their little ones get through any apprehensive feelings.

Validate the Child’s Feelings
Simply telling a child that they will be fine isn’t going to make their anxiety go away. A parent must first validate the child’s feelings and let the little one know that having a little anxiety about going back to school is normal. Once the child knows you understand, they will be more receptive to advice.

Visit the School and Meet the Teacher Ahead of Time
Contact the staff at the school your child is set to attend and request a tour with the opportunity to introduce your little one to their new teacher. By doing this your child will have a chance to see where the classroom is located and some of the fun activities that they’ll participate in during the school year. Additionally, they will learn that their teacher is actually very friendly.

Review Past Positive Experiences
Kids may be quick to forget the positive experiences they’ve had in the past. Try keeping the conversation upbeat by discussing last year’s first day of school, exciting field trips that they went on, and any friends they made during the year. Let the little one know that there are more exhilarating times to come.

Start the Back to School Routine Early
Make the week leading up to the first day of the school year fun by involving your child in shopping for supplies, planning lunch menus, and picking out new clothes. Don’t forget to discuss how a typical school day will go and what they can expect. For example, you may let them know they will be waking up at 7:00 am to get dressed, eat breakfast at 7:30 am, and then catch the bus at 8:00 am. This will help your little one feel more empowered and less anxious.

Lake Forrest Prep, one of the best schools in Orlando, aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our Orlando private school blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!

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