We are very happy to say that after CNY holiday, more than 20 new students joined our CIS ECE (Early Childhood Education) program. School life is one of the most important stages of childhood. With this in mind we held an orientation for all the new students and their families on their first day. and to make the transition more smoothly, on the first day of school, CIS held an orientation for our new families.
Anna Cheng, with 17 years of working experience in kindergartens, carefully went through the details of a new student’s daily routine. For example:
What should students bring to school?
What do students eat for snacks and meals?
How long are nap times?
Our Operations Director Simon, Educational Assistants and Life Coaches all greeted the new families together giving our families an opportunity to meet the people who will be working with their children.
The biggest hurdle for our new students face is nervousness and anxiety of a new routine and new environment. For parents who were unable to attend the Orientation, and also those who have, we have created a short guide titled, “How To Ease Anxiety When First Attending School”. We offer some suggestions below.
The transition from one child with five or six adults attention to one adult with 5-6 children can be the biggest challenge for anxious new students.
When it comes to individual students, every kid appears child reacts and adapts differently.
In our experience parents can actually deal with each different situation with a different strategy.
Indicators: Cries to parents, but once separated from the parents they immediately get along well with others.
Recommended Solution: “You must go to school”, “Mom and Dad have to go to work. As soon as we finish work we will pick you up.”
Fear of Something
Indicators: crying for fear of something specific.
Recommended Solution: Accept and understand the situation and offer help. Ask your kid’s teacher for help if necessary. Parents and teachers should work together to improve student’s confidence and ability to look after themselves.
Indicators: Sitting at the door or teacher, crying throughout the day.
Recommended Solution: If possible, parents can accompany the child for a short period of time.
Reliance on Adults
Indicators: Crying if there is no teacher around, adaptation period is longer than others.
Recommended Solution: “You have to share your teacher with all your classmates, if you hold his/her hand for too long, your classmates will be neglected.” Sometimes it helps giving your child a family photo to take with them.
Strong Attachment to an Item
Indicators: Cannot go to sleep or becomes moody without that specific item.
Recommended Solution: Allow him/her to bring these items to school and remember to bring them back home after school.
In the process of overcoming anxiety and adapting to a new enviroment, children may suffer from a weakened immunity, shyness, inability to sleep independently or loss of appetite. A common understanding and support between parents and teachers will facilitate their familiarity with the regular school routine in a shorter time. We strive for a smooth transition for all of our new families.
In the weeks after the orientation we are happy to see new students thriving and spending quality time with their teachers!