From preschool through high school, it is really important that the transitions from one stage of your child’s education to the next go as smoothly as possible. To make that happen, your child must feel prepared socially, emotionally and academically.
It is easy to overlook the importance of these transitions. And, as your child gets older and becomes independent, it is difficult sometimes to know how much involvement is helpful, and how much is just going to create more stress or anxiety for your child.
The good news is that the better prepared your child is, the less you’ll worry about them. You’ll both be happier, more relaxed and make the most of the opportunities that each phase of their education offers. That’s what we all want.
Moving from Kindergarten to First Grade
If you are the parent of a Mizzentop Day School student, you know that you’ve got help making these important transitions. Our teachers all communicate well with each other, with you and with your children. They are aware of the areas where your child is excelling, and can help you identify the skills you’ll need in order to help your child at each stage of their education.
Regardless of your child’s strengths and weaknesses, there are some things you can do to help prepare them for this big transition. Here are a few to consider.
Speak with your child about what to expect, and encourage them to share their questions and concerns. This should not be a one-time conversation. As the day to start first grade comes closer, your child’s concerns and questions will change. Don’t leave it up to them to come to you with questions. Be proactive.
Tell them about your positive first grade experiences. If they know you’ve been through the same thing and came through it with flying colors, they’ll have more confidence.
Practice everything from new routines to new academics. What we practice becomes familiar. And, if the tools your child will be using in first grade are already familiar to them, they’ll be ready to start engaging in a positive and productive way from the first day of class.
Transitioning to High School
The move to high school is more focused on academics than any of the previous transitions your child has gone through. But, even when they don’t act like it, your child is still depending on you for emotional and social support.
Once again, if your child is a Mizzentop Day School student, you’re going to get the support you need during this process. Our values-based, independent education program includes assistance with the transition to secondary school. And, it all starts in the fifth grade.
We’ll provide opportunities for you and your child to meet with administrators and teachers from top schools, assist with any required test preparation, review and provide guidance on personal essays and provide recommendations.
We’re also here for you. If you aren’t sure how to provide the emotional and social support your Mizzentop Day School student needs during this transition, let’s talk.
If you aren’t already a Mizzentop Day School family, give us a call to learn more about values-based, independent education. We’d love to hear from you.