LSU AgCenter Family Expert Tells How To Calm First School-day Jitters

Diane Sasser  |  7/14/2005 2:43:57 AM

2005 Back-to-school News

Most children feel nervous or even scared on the first day of school. Seeing familiar faces of friends can make the first day of school an easier one, according to LSU AgCenter family life professor Dr. Diane D. Sasser.

Kids are faced with new surroundings, new friends and new teachers. Sasser says most teachers are aware of this anxiety and try to make the children comfortable in their new surroundings.

Many teachers start by introducing themselves, talking about what the class will be learning through the year and going over classroom rules. In middle school, children might move from classroom to classroom for each subject.

Many teachers try to ease these kids into the new routine to help them adjust. By the second or third day of school, teachers usually have a seating chart planned. Sasser suggests that students write down where they sit so they won’t forget.

Some children come home from school the first day and say they hate it. "Don’t worry, this is normal," says the family expert, adding, "Give your child some time to get used to his new routine, and the youngster will probably like it once the environment becomes familiar."

Sasser recommends helping your child be prepared for the first day of school. Most schools send out a supply list over the summer so you can be ready for the start of school.

Make sure you pack your child’s backpack the night before so it’s ready and nothing will be forgotten the next morning.

Sasser offers these tips to ensure your child a good start for school:

• Make sure your child goes to bed early to get plenty of sleep.

• Serve a healthy breakfast so your child can get a great start.

• Try to set a designated time and place for your child to do homework.

• Have clothes for school, homework, supplies, etc. ready the night before to avoid any morning rush that can cause stress for you or your child.

For information on related family and consumer topics, click on the Family and Home link at the LSU AgCenter Web site at www.lsuagcenter.com. For local information and educational programs, contact an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.

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On the Internet: LSU AgCenter: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/
Source: Diane D. Sasser (225) 578-4448, or Dsasser@agcenter.lsu.edu

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