Monday, August 22, 2011

10 Tips for an Easy Transition to Your New Lexington School!

Moving to a new place can be exciting as there’s an anticipation for what your new home, neighborhood and lifestyle will entail. For those of you who relocated to Lexington over the summer, I’d like to welcome you! You’ll find that Lexington is a charming town that has much to offer and hopefully it will begin to feel like home in no time!

If you’ve recently moved to Lexington with your family, you’re probably facing the start of a new school for your children. It can be easier for adults to quickly get into a routine of work and finding their way around town, but for children, starting a new school can be a nerve-wracking experience. While the schools in Lexington are flooded with great teachers and a warm and welcoming environment, new students will still feel anxious about finding new friends, navigating a new building and feeling comfortable in a new school.

Since school is beginning next week in Lexington, I thought it would be helpful to point out ten ways to help your child transition to their new environment. Take a look!

1. Make it a team effort- Visit the school with your child and take a tour to ensure they have an idea of where to go and what to expect. When it comes time to select specific classes, make sure your child is part of the process.

2. Keep a positive focus- As the first day draws near, begin talking to your child about their expectations, hopes and fears for the upcoming school year. Reassure them that other children are having the same feelings and present school as a place where they'll learn new things and make friends.

3. Encourage school involvement- Though you don't want your teenager to become over-committed, it's important to encourage participation in one or two activities that particularly interest them. They’re more likely to engage academically if they feel connected through a school activity, club or sport. Talk to them about his goals for the school year and how they might like to be involved in school outside of the classroom.

4. Get enough z's- If your child has enjoyed a vacation of late nights and lazy mornings, getting them up for school on the first day can be difficult. Help make this transition easier by starting their school-year sleep routine now.

5. Take a trial run- Take some time before the start of school to make sure you and your child know where to go and what to do on that first morning. Show your child where the bus stop is, or, if they walk to school, map out the safest route. You may even want to call the school in advance to find out about any special first-day procedures.

6. Stock up on supplies- On or before the first day of school, make sure you or your child finds out what school supplies and materials are required. Most schools should provide a handy list for the lower grades, but if not, take it upon yourself to ask and then purchase the items as soon as possible.

7. Prepare the night before- To avoid the morning rush, organize what you can the night before. Lay out clothes, make a lunch and assemble any supplies your child may need. Be sure to get everyone up extra early so you'll have plenty of time to calmly get ready and get out the door on time as to avoid adding to the first day nervousness.

8. Get a healthy start- Encourage your child to eat a good breakfast and pack a healthy snack to help them get through the day.

9. Accompany your little one- Even if your elementary school child will be riding the bus regularly or walking to school, you may want to take them yourself on the first day, particularly if they seem nervous.

10. Introduce yourselves- Young children are often shy with a new teacher. If you take your child to school on the first day, you might want to go into the classroom and introduce your child to the teacher. Let the teacher know about any special interests or challenges that your child has.

As a Lexington Real Estate agent, my goal is to not just help you discover Lexington and find a great home. I want to ensure that you feel that Lexington is truly your community as quickly as possible and I hope these tips are helpful for you and your child!

If you haven’t yet moved to Lexington, but have been thinking about doing so, I would love to meet with you! My years of experience in the Lexington Real Estate market have given me great insight into the home buying process in Lexington and can provide you with a seamless transition to Lexington.

Feel free to contact me today! I look forward to working with you!

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