Moving with Children Part 3
What’s worse than moving into a new house without knowing anyone? Stepping into a new school for the first time knowing no one.
If it is at all possible, you should visit the school with your child before the actual first day. Our younger child was going into seventh grade when we moved back to Cheshire, so we went to the school to meet the Guidance Counselor and tour the school. We then got to meet some of the office staff. This gave the comfort of some familiarity.
Our older child was entering Sophomore year of High School, and Cheshire High School has an orientation day for new students at the beginning of each school year for freshmen or new students so they can become familiar with the “lay of the land” and at least see other kids. We were lucky in that our next door neighbors were also new at the same time.
One of the great things about moving during the summer is that your children can finish school for the year in the school they know and then have the summer to meet new people before heading off to the first day in that new school. Get them involved in something like the local swim club or taking a class at Artsplace or the get involved with an activity at the Library with others of their same age. If they sit at home all summer playing video games, they won’t get to know anyone.
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Chris K. Canfield
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