Erica Ehm’s tips for surviving the first day at a new private school
The first day of private school can certainly be a nerve-racking affair for kids, but with some gentle guidance (and a lot of love, of course) it doesn’t have to be.
Take yummymummy.com founder and midtowner, Erica Ehm, who’s well-versed in the ways of comforting kids. Ehm believes in the many benefits of sending kids to private school. She’s also a proponent of having them well prepared for the beginning of their academic careers (and can you blame her?).
She advises to take early measures to make sure their first day goes as smoothly as possible — not an easy feat, especially if your little ones are particularly shy. But, lest you worry, don’t. It’s totally doable. Plus, you can always count on the school staff members to help ease their worries.
“One of the many benefits of private school is that the staff go out of their way to make students feel welcome and comfortable,” says Ehm. “My son spent six memorable years at the Crestwood Lower School.”
She also says that taking your children to the school grounds before the school year starts, to meet their teachers and get a feel for things, just might be invaluable to their feeling comfortable. “Every year before the school year officially started we always found a reason to drop by the school to meet his teachers and have a casual get-to-know-you chat,” says Ehm. “That way, on that very stressful first day, he already had some private time with his teachers.”
If your kids feel as if they already know the school environment, the first day won’t feel like the first day any more.