Things to Know

(一)Preparation before the semester
1.Familiarize yourselves with the environment: If possible, a few days before the semester begins, please bring your child to play and look  around the campus. Also, prior to your visit, contact the teacher to arrange a time  for a  Meet and Greet.
2.Begin two-way communication: A week before the semester begins, the teacher will contact the parent to learn more about the child’s personality, behavior and habits.
3.Adjust the daily routine: Please begin adjusting the child’s routine a week before school starts to make the transition from being at home daily to attending school instead as smooth as possible for the child.

4.Encourage a positive attitude towards school: A day before the semester begins, it would be good to have a chat with your child about some exciting things they prepare for, or encounter at school. For example, tell your child that he/she can wear pretty clothes to school, there will be his/her favorite toys or books, he/she can make new friends, etc. Preparing your child to be ready for school could significantly improve their learning and overall experience at school.

5.Be prepared for the first day of school: Have everything your child will need at school prepared ahead of time so he/she can adjust to the environment more smoothly. On the first day, please make sure your child is well-rested and prepared. There is no need to panic or be nervous about coming to school. Also, it would be great to arrive earlier to give more time to revisit the environment and meet your teacher and classmates. Lastly, let your child know the time you will be coming to pick him/her up, it will help make them feel calm and more at ease.

(二)Communicating and Sharing with Your Child
1.Be on time for pick-up: For parents who are transporting their children, at the beginning of the semester, please be on time as it will make the child feel significantly more secure. Also, to ensure safety and efficiency, parents are required to have their  transportation permit ready for teachers to check and register.
2.Develop confidence and security: When your child comes home each day, please spend time with him/her to talk about things happened to him/her or the interesting things that happened with his/her teacher or classmates earlier that day. Ask specific questions to make him/her feel warm and secure about sharing their experiences. (It would be good to avoid topics like crying or fear they had at school to reduce negativity). Please encourage your child to approach his/her teacher or to say how much the teacher loves him/her, and that he/she can ask the teacher for help with anything at any time.

3.Provide emotional support: When children first attend school, there is often some anxiety and crying due to attachment issues, however, this may occur at different stages for different children. It may occur at the start of the semester for some children, while it may happen two or three weeks after for others. Also, due to children’s various temperaments and states of mind, they all take different amounts of time to adjust. Should your child take longer to adjust, his/her teacher will provide assistance according to the situation, so please allow the teacher to work alongside you for the benefit of your child. Furthermore, we advise parents to ensure their child is well-rested as we find this positively affects their emotional stability. We suggest children in junior and middle kindergarten have at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night. This helps them adapt to the environment  more quickly. For the sake of our children, let’s try our best to work together.