The first month of this school year has come and gone. Many back-to-school kinks have been systematically confronted and conquered. You’re actually in somewhat of a routine. But unless you have a child who comes home and offers “I do believe I’m adjusting quite nicely to school Mother-dear” you still wonder how well, really, your child is doing.
Here are some things to look for:
Emotional- Overall, do you observe your child feeling secure? Comfortable? How does she handle change? Are those things that support her during times of transition firmly in place? Is the school sensitive to and encouraging of her increasing familiarity? What is your child’s affect at the end of the day?
Social- Do you believe your child is building peer relationships within his program? Has he made a secure connection with his teacher? Look for signs that your child trusts the school setting as a safe place to meet and interact with others.
Communication- Nobody knows your child better than you. Is your child acting out or showing signs of unexpressed feelings? Do you observe increased independent or regressive behaviors? Have you experienced specific, individualized conversations with your child’s teachers?
The beauty of these questions is that they are applicable for infant/toddlers and pre-schoolers, as well as Kindergarten through Middle School students. Honest answers directly guide your next steps towards effectively addressing any outstanding issues which may be stalling a smooth transition for your child.
Never mind putting the pieces in place for a stellar year all around.