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My son is about to start school. He is a bit excited, but is very shy. He wont know any kids there, as no one from his Kinder will be attending the same school.

Any tips on how to prepare him would be great! How do I prepare my son for school?


Posted by mom62185, 22nd December 2014


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  • Keep encouraging him telling him about all the friends he will make and fun he will have and maybe just speak to the teacher about his shyness.


  • Just talk to him daily about it, about the sorts of things you think he’ll be doing. The sorts of things he’ll need. You’re already a step ahead, he’s excited about it, that’s always a bonus


  • I’m sure he won’t be the only one to know no one and the teachers are usually pretty good at involving all the kids in activities. It won’t take long for him to make friends. Make sure you don’t impress on him the fact he knows no one…


  • Think if you talk to the school they would be able to help ,you have to be strong also show no fear ,as the child will pick up on this & visits before starting .


  • Don’t dwell on shy! Let him pic out his school bag lunch box ect make it exciting be excited!


  • Play ‘school’ at home one day? As well as chatting about what to expect, talk about meeting new kids and how he can make friends /intetact. Chat about emotions too – he may feel nervous and that’s ok when we start something knew, he may feel super excited and have lots of energy.
    Kids make friends especially in kindy ad they’re all new :)


  • Hope the first days went well! Kids are so amazingly resilient =)


  • get him to practise how he wold introduce himself and he can talk about things that he likes. don’t worry too much, he will adapt quickly


  • My son was in the same situation last year. The advice I’d give is to talk to him about what school might be like, read stories about it and talk about any concerns he might have. On the actual first day go to class with him if you can and make sure he knows the teacher is there to help him and comfort him should he need it. Also make sure he knows where the toilets are before you leave. As it can be very busy and overwhelming on the first day see if you can encourage him to sit and take part in an activity. See if he can introduce himself to the other children at that activity and let him know that you will be leaving shortly. When you feel comfortable to do so let your son know you are leaving and what time you’ll be back to pick him up. Encourage him to ask the teacher for anything he needs and to get to know the other children. As for yourself, it’s okay to feel worried and stressed but generally speaking kids are so much more friendly and adaptable then us adults. I’m sure by the end of the day he’ll be telling you about all his new friends.
    I know I had a bit of a cry when I left my son at school the first day and had the same concerns as you have. I hope it all goes well, Good luck ☺


  • Also; read books with him on going to school/first day at school.


  • Is there a school site you can join, maybe you can ask on that site for people in your sons class, let the teacher know when you arrive in the morning and also check when you pick him up if he had a good day….he will make friends kids are great at that age.


  • Try not to worry; he should make friends. Chat to his teacher too!


  • Just make sure his teacher knows. My son is shy also and starting kindy and he is very nervous about it. I’m going to stay for awhile on the first day to ease him in.


  • i’m glad he is excited, make sure you tell him to be friendly and say hello to everyone and he will surely make friends also talk to his teacher the first day about him being shy and ask for updates on if he is making friends but dont stress little ones make friends super fast.


  • Our son has just finished prep and at the beginning he didn’t know anyone either but as it turned out I was the only one to worry! He finished the year with a couple of little friends. And that is all he needs to feel confident to start Year 1. I must admit that it doesn’t get easier to send your little man or lady to school for the first time. He is our 4th and all the same worries came flooding back but yet again our kids showed us that this stage of their lives may be scary but they are ok and will start to find their own way in the world.


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