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aaliah_27
aaliah_27 asks:
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We will be moving in a few weeks and my daughter has to change schools, What can i do for her to make it a smooth transition?

In Topics: School and Academics, Friendships and peer relationships
> 60 days ago

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Hand in Hand
Sep 1, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hi Aaliah_27,

Good for you for thinking ahead and planning out how this transition will unfold for your daughter. You're already on your way to smoothing this exciting change for her.

Even the best move can be very stressful. And it will take a lot of your time and energy to pack and unpack in your new home. Now, before things get momentarily crazy, spend some extra Special Time with your daughter. Shower her with bursts of your full attention. Enthusiastically enter into silly play with her. Allow her to take the lead and the more powerful role in the play. Do fun, unexpected things that make her laugh. Let her know you see her, you want to be with her and you value time with her.

There are more specific suggestions in the article attached below from our website called, "East the Transition of Moving to a New Home." You might also get some good ideas from the article on "Embracing Transitions" that will help you guys with the move. Here's a quote from that article to keep in mind as you and your daughter deal with the smaller, day-to-day transitions:

"The untold story about transitions is that, as trying as it is for parents, children sometimes need to protest. They need to tell you how...they feel. Getting upset helps children address and release their unhappy feelings, so that the feelings don't muddle their mood for the rest of the day."

We wish you all the best with this change for your family.

Juli Idleman
Hand in Hand Parenting
www.handinhandparenting.org
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ronald
ronald writes:
Aailiah,

It is helpful to know your child's grade level in order to provide a more meaningful response. The article below provides ideas for easing the transition when a child is moving to a new schools. You should find the suggestions useful.

Ron

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aaliah_27
aaliah_27 writes:
My daughter is just turning seven and is in Year 1. Thank u for taking the time : )
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ronald
ronald writes:
Aaliah_27,

One last consideration to consider if your child is moving to a new school district or state? Check with the new school to see if you should bring assessment data from her last academic year. It is easier to get that data while you are still living in that community. I hope your child has a great academic year.

Ron
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