Starting high school is something kids and teenagers find exciting and enthusiastic, because it’s an advanced level from primary school. Getting acquainted with the environment and changes can be difficult for some students. There are things you can do to ensure they’re ready. The first day or week may be hard to overcome. the following are 7 tips on how to prepare your child for high school.
1.Discuss the changes with your child
telling your kids about high school is advisable. Discuss with them things they should expect in high school. Find out what your child is looking forward to, things they will miss about their previous school and things they are worried or anxious about. you can help them develop different strategies and schedule all how to overcome their worries.
2. Be positive and enthusiasm
the best way your child can perform well in school is when they develop more enthusiasm about school. help your child develop positive attitude and interest towards high school. this will help them achieve their aims and objectives in school. Your kid should look forward to starting high school with a positive mindset.
3. Find a school buddy for your child.
this aspect is very important in the life of kids. Find friends or peer groups that will influence yout child positively in both academics and every other aspect of his or her life. This may be a friend’s child or an older playmate who lives closer to you. it is however advisable to find an older school buddy because some high school have their own ‘bullying system’, where senior students at the school look out for new students.
4. Know the school schedule and routine.
understanding the school’s schedule is very important. Being familiar with the school’s timetables, calendar, leisure, study hours, breaks and start or finish times can help your child to know things to expect from their school day.
5. Help your child develop positive behavior
This is a very essential aspects in your kid’s life. Your child must know how to organize him or herself far more than his or her previous school. Help your child become more responsible for their homework, books, schools and classes. ensure they develop the habit of getting ready for school the night before, especially if they have to leave early for school or catch the bus. Involve your child in getting their books, uniform and backpack organized well in advanced for the next day. Encourage them to make the first move, to smile. Look people in the eye and make your body language open.
6. create a schedule or to-do list for them.
parents should make sure they create a timetable or study routine for their kids. this study schedule will serve as a guide on how they will spend their time. the study schedule should contain their study hours, leisure time, chores. breaks and other things that are necessary.
7. Encourage your child to talk about their feelings.
the transition to high school or may make them anxious. they may find it difficult to understand the school routine and also settling in once they start. Reassure them that it is a normal thing to be anxious about starting a new school.
8. Prepare ahead of time.
it is however important that your child prepare ahead in order to actualize his or her goal in school. help your child develop the habit of studying. make sure your child study at least minimum of 2-3 hours per day. this will help them prepare ahead for the next classes, presentation and examination. studying ahead helps to reduce anxiety and the fear of failing an examination.
9. Use the school’s website
Ensure you check the new school’s website if there is any and encourage your child to cultivate the habit of doing the same. Try to find out about the unfamiliar layout, routine, how they go about getting a scholarship. Arrange a chat with an older child already at the school if they don’t know any.
10. Practise travelling to and from school.
If they’re walking or catching a bus, we encourage you to go with your child or arrange someone else to accompany them until they are confident and acquainted on travelling on their own. Have an emergency safety plan. Be clear about who your child should contact and what you expect them to do in an emergency. Be calm and matter-of-fact about issues such as crossing major roads on their own or catching public transport if you are unable to arrange a lift for them.