Whether it’s your very first day back or your seventh first day back, the first day back to school is filled with mixed emotions. Some kids look forward to it and some dread it. While you do get to see all of your friends again, sometimes the first day back to school can be quite intimidating. Especially when you’re the new kid at school or if you’re entering a new school for the first time. That’s why we wanted to share some tips for ways to have a great first day back – and hopefully these tips will help your child have the best first day back to school and set them up for an amazing school year.
Growing up, I attended two elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Between moving from Louisiana to California, and then my parents divorce and moving three more times; the first day back to school sometimes meant starting at a new school as well. As I got older, the first day back got easier, but there were definitely times that I had terrible separation anxiety.
Hopefully these seven tips will help your child have a great first day back to school.
How to Have a Great First Day Back to School
1. Be prepared.
Get everything ready for the first day the night before. Choose what you’ll wear and have your lunch and backpack all packed and ready to go. Have a little extra pocket change for lunch. Then get a good night’s sleep. Nothing says bad first impression quite like falling asleep when someone is talking to you.
2. Eat a good breakfast.
No matter how much of a nervous stomach you have, it’s not going to be made better by not having enough energy to get through the day. You can try a smoothie or oatmeal which might be a little easier on a nervous stomach.
3. Be friendly.
If you smile, then you’ll be more approachable. Compliment others. This will also help you be more approachable.
4. Make friends.
Don’t beg and be needy. Just be yourself. It might be easier to approach someone else who’s not with a group of people. He could be a new student too. That might make him more approachable.
5. Don’t be a moper.
A positive attitude will make you much more approachable. So don’t complain about everything. Saying negative things about other people, the weather, or school in general might seem like the cool thing to do, but it can be a real turn-off. So turn on the charm and come at things with a positive twist.
6. Don’t judge your teachers.
Remember, this is their first day too. You don’t know your teachers well enough to determine if they are nice or not. So give them a chance. You could keep a notebook about some of the things they say about their personal life and use it to break the ice with your teacher when you need it. When you make the teacher see that you are interested in them, then they will be more invested in you.
7. Practice your locker combination – if you have a locker, that is. Knowing your locker combo and being able to open it on the first try will save you time and embarrassment.
Having a positive attitude on the first day of school will really set the tone for the whole year.
It doesn’t matter what you might have heard about that teacher you have been assigned to, or even what someone says about the kid who sits next to you. One person’s experiences are not going to be the same for everyone.
Things will be much smoother for you as long as you are prepared with all of the supplies that you need and have a positive attitude.