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3 Tips for Preparing Kids for Their First Day of School

Updated on January 1, 2018

The first day of elementary school can be very difficult for some kids. They may feel frightened by the new experience, and may be hesitant to branch out in the beginning. Make the transition a lot smoother and enjoyable with the following 3 tips.

Allow Them to Bring a Stuffed Animal or Blanket

The new environment and all of the new stimuli around are some of the main reasons why the first day of elementary school is so scary. To help ease the children’s fears, it’s a good idea to give them something familiar to hold onto. This might include their favorite blanket or even a stuffed animal or a toy.


Speak to the teacher ahead of time to determine what items are allowed, and what items are banned. Most teachers are usually very understanding, and will be more than happy to let the children bring along something on the first day, as long it does not disrupt the class.

Give Them a Heads Up on the Day’s Schedule

Not only should parents be prepared, but the children should be as well. It’s a lot easier for young children to make it through the entire day when they already know what’s to be expected. This is not a great time to have surprises.


Before the first day of school, sit down with the kids and go through that day’s schedule with them. Let them know when they have to leave the house, and when they’ll be picked up. It’s a good idea to contact the elementary school to get their daily schedule. Let the kids know when they’ll be doing different activities, so they have a brief idea of what to expect. This will make the entire day seem a lot less overwhelming.

Leave a Cute Note in Their Lunchboxes

The middle of the day is a particularly difficult time. By then, most children feel overwhelmed and miss home. Time seems to creep by surprisingly slow. Once lunchtime is over, time passes by surprisingly quickly, and children tend to feel more at ease.


Parents can ease burdens and stresses that have accumulated up until lunchtime by leaving a cute note in their lunchboxes. As most kids still have difficulties reading at this age, give the teachers a heads up in advance, so they’ll know to take some time to read the note for the kids. Leave words of encouragement to make the rest of the day go by a lot faster for them. Parents should take this opportunity to let their kids know how proud they are of them.


The first day of school does not have to be scary. Make sure that the kids have a positive experience by talking with them ahead of time, and giving them lots of words of encouragement. Speak to other parents and even teachers to see what tips they recommend.


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