Any suggestions on how to make the transition easier for my son?

Amy - posted on 09/05/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 6 years old and started first grade a week ago. He does not handle change and new situations well at all and there are a lot of adjustments this year vs. last year. He is now in school all day, last year kindergarten was just 1/2 day, he has to be up by 6:30-he's never gotten up before 8, he has a male teacher, and none of last years classmates are in his class this year except one girl. We started a routine 2 weeks before school started of waking early and going to bed earlier.



Well we are now a week into the school year and he seems to have taken a turn for the worst. Last week he was excited to go and this week he's crying before bed and in the morning because he doesn't want to go. He also has anxiety issues which we have never addressed before but now I'm wondering if it's time we address them. I e-mailed his teacher and I'm hoping to get some feedback from him but since it's so early in the school year I don't know how much input he's going to be able to provide. I'm open to suggestions on how I can make this easier for him, right now I'm ignoring the crying fits and trying to talk to him when he's not upset but that just makes him upset again.

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Michelle - posted on 09/05/2012

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If if were me I would just find out if putting him with his friends would help make things better if that is the case I would go to the school tell them that your son is not settling into his new classroom and that you have nothing against his current teacher but you feel your child needs to switch classes to help him fall in love with school as that is where his friends are.

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