How to prepare your Child on his First School Day

Photo by Guardian Angel

I would like to reserve this post as my 2nd entry to The Pinoy Parenting Blog Carnival (PPBC) and the topic is about sending our child to school.

All parents want their child to have the best education. We find the best school for them and we prepare all the things that they need. While it looks fun and exciting to see our child walk his first day of school, we must also consider his feelings. Some of them cry and rush to go home, others are very shy but some really made it through. So to make sure that special day will be really special, here are important things parents should do.

Inform your child

Some parents assume that their child clearly understand what the first day of school is. We should explain very well its importance even before the school starts. By doing this regularly, he will be asking some questions which means he is getting interested. However, if he says wants you to stay with him, stay with him. Then train him slowly afterward. Forcing your child to go to school is an advisable. You do not want your child to be traumatic with his first day.

Visit the school

When school time is getting near, visit the school together with your child. In this way, he will have an idea on what will be happening everyday. You may even tell him where he will be sitting, and how far you will be away from him during the first day. You may hear some contradictions and suggestions from your child. Consider that as a healthy response. It is good that you already know how he feels before getting into it. You can therefore make some adjustments if necessary.

Meet the classmates

Your child may be brave, but meeting with other children for the first time may intimidate him. Therefore, it would be helpful if he will meet them before the classes start. If possible, befriend other parents and introduce your child to them. The more classmates your child will meet, the better for them. It will also help the parents if they will know each other somehow. With this, you can easily get along with them when school days begin. For young children, school time is also playtime.

Meet the teacher

This is the most important part. Your child’s first teacher will be his second parent when he is in school, so you should meet her first before your child. You should act like a bridge for them to know some things about each other. Then give them some time to bond. This is to make them comfortable with each other. It is essential to build confidence to your child you leave him to her. This will also help the teacher to know the right approach to your child.

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  Tidbits Of Tammy

May 19, 2008 at 7:19 PM

This was a great post. My son will be starting Kindergarden in the fall. These tips will come in handy.


May 19, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Naku, I can just imagine the scenes that will unfold come first day of school. I hope parents with first-time-in-school kids will read this post he he he!

Am tagging you po. Hope you can participate. Do visit my blog for the mechanics.


  Guardian Angel

May 20, 2008 at 6:17 AM

Hi Tammy,
My son just finished Kinder last year. Fortunately, we had no problems with him because I followed my own tips. Seriously, we did. Thanks.

Hi hotmomma,
Yes, you're right. They're very memorable.
Thanks for tagging me. I'll find time to join.


May 22, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Very informative post. I still remember bringing my children to nursery school on their first day and waiting for them to look somewhere before I made my escape for they don't want to be left behind.Now they are all grown up.

  Guardian Angel

May 22, 2008 at 1:08 PM

You're right, Mon. Memories are just wonderful to reminisce once in a while. I also remember my daughter not allowing to leave her until the flag ceremony is over.

But now after 7 years, she does not even want me to watch over her when she crosses the street.

Thanks for being my consistent commenter.


June 3, 2008 at 5:02 AM

PPBC2 Roundup is finally up! Here's the link. So sorry for the delay.