My daughter was eight when I moved us to a big city and introduced to her to a new school. She was used to a small town where kids walked a few blocks to their destination without fear of someone harming her and her friends. I followed them in my car or walked with them at times. I also knew most everyone in town and never worried about safety issues. Little did I know that our world would turn upside down.
Big city life
Our new home was a condo in a very lovely neighborhood with a school nestled right in the middle. There was a nice park across the street from our home and the new school was a block away. It seemed that she would adjust well and pick up where she left off in our former town. I couldn’t have asked for anything better but little did I know that there would be adjustments to be made.
The teaching system was different than what she was used to. My daughter was going to have to make some big adjustments. The learning style, classroom behavior, and grading were new to both of us. It took communication with the school officials and teacher to realize that this change was bigger than I expected it to be.
How my daughter adjusted to a new system of learning
My child was off to a rocky start but with repeated meetings with her teacher as well as the principal, we found a happy medium so that she was able to integrate herself into a new system. The communication with school officials and her teacher was very important. She was able to relax and make friends. Once I developed a relationship with the people that were there to guide her, she flourished. Communication with a new teacher is key to your child’s education, whether it is a new school district or not.
My daughter loved fun school supplies and I chose not to spare any expense considering she was attending a new school. Kids feel more at home in their new environment with things they enjoy. Fun erasers, fancy pencils, and a new backpack helped my child feel more at ease in her new classroom.
It’s extremely important that one follows up with their child’s new teacher throughout the year. Also, follow up with your child. Their feedback is the most telling. Are they learning? Are they engaged in classroom activities? Are they happy at home? Pay attention to any changes in your child’s demeanor and behavior, as sometimes kids don’t verbally admit that they are having difficulty at a new school.
My daughter became acclimated to her new environment over time. I drove her the one block to school instead of letting her walk; the street we lived on was a short-cut for speedy drivers. The park across the street gave her an outlet for fun with new friends. With careful attention to her environment, both at school and at home, we achieved a balance that helped her achieve happiness and success.