Thursday 7th July is transition day for many year sixes that are moving up to secondary school. This is obviously a big move for both the child and the parents alike. We decided to send Chloe is a school a little further away from our house – which means that she will not be attending the local comp with many of her friends. We have been preparing Chloe for this and I thought I’d share the little steps we have taken to make this transition easier.
1. We have started leaving her home alone for short periods. Always in the day but for about half an hour a time. When Chloe starts school she will stop going to her childminders after school. This is building up to that and letting herself in after school.
2. We have encouraged Chloe to widen her friendship circle. There are other girls that live near us – that have been at different primary schools- yet are going to St Peter’s with her. Therefore we have actively encouraged her to start playing with them at the local park etc. This has been a great success and she now knows a few girls who will be on the bus with her.
3. Using social networking to develop these friendships. Chloe has communicated with the same girls on facebook. Like it or loathe it, facebook is such an important tool for tweens and teenagers now to communicate.
4. For transition day itself she will catch the school bus. She is a little apprehensive but I think its best just to get on and do it so she doesn’t fret about it over the summer. I will parked up in view of the bus and can watch her discreetly get on!. I’ve told her I’ll follow the bus if she wants just to give her piece of mind! I may look like i am undercover!
5. She will be taking a packed lunch and money. That way she will feel safe and secure knowing she can do either for lunch depending on what others choose to do.
Do let me know how you prepared yours for changing school and I’ll let you know how she gets on on Thursday!