There are several tips that you can use to help the child in foster care to fit in at a new school.
The first tip is to talk to the child about the new school. This means that you are going to need to ask them if they are excited about the first day and some of the things that the child might be worried about. The way that you discuss the new school with your child is going to determine how they are going to feel about the school.
The second tip is to come up with a tradition for the first day of school and do this every time the child has a first day of school. Some of these traditions might include a special breakfast on that day or visiting grandmother’s house after the school day. If your child is a reader, then they might be interested in going to library to check out some books when they get out of school. It is very important to minimize the amount of changes inside of the home, so that the child does not have to deal with a lot of changes at once.
The third tip is to try to get together with other children before school starts. This is a great way for the child to make new friends. It might also be a good idea to let the child be involved in sports or even go to camp during the summer so that they can meet some of the other children that is going to be in their class. Once the child has made some friends, invite the child to come over for a sleepover at your home. This is another way for the children to get to know each other even better before school starts.
The fourth tip is to do a test run of the first day of school. This means that you are going to take your child to school just like you would on the first day. If it is possible, try to meet with the child’s teacher before the start of school. It is also a good idea to take a tour of the new school if you can. You need to let the teachers know that this is going to be the child’s first day of school in case they have suggestions about how to make the first day of school better.
The last tip for a child in foster care who is starting their first day of school is to buy a lot of school supplies. This means that you will need to let the child to pick out their own things like their lunchbox, backpack, and clothes that they are going to use while they are going to school. This is the best way to give the child some confidence and they will feel like they have more control of the situation when they have their first day at a new school.
About The Author:
Taylor Stevens is a journalist for NJ.com. She grew up in the foster care system and wants to share her experiences with both foster care families and children to better the entire experience.
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