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How does a child feel about leaving Primary and going to High School for the first time?
An issue that concerns all parents when their children go to high school for the first time
Some children feel intense anxiety and fear when they first go to school or the new school year begins after the summer holidays.
Parents, within their role, need to help the child overcome his or her anxiety and fears about school in order to adapt and perform better. When, in fact, the child has developed skills that are useful and necessary in the learning process, the chances of problems at school are minimized.
Certainly the biggest concern is the parents whose child will go to Primary School for the first time. However, it should not be overlooked how difficult it is often to make the transition from Elementary School to Elementary School.
The situation is especially difficult when school change is required and thus removed from old and well-known friends and classmates. The child, therefore, is faced with a series of changes, which in combination with physical changes and the attempt to find his personal identity, as this period coincides with the onset of adolescence, can disturb his balance and cause confusion.
In particular, the young teenager is confronted with:
- While it has managed to conquer the role of the "big" as the "extraordinary" that leads the youngest children, it now becomes the "younger" of the school, which is often mocked and not counted.
- He re-enters in an unfamiliar environment, where his teachers and often his classmates are not aware of him.
-It is often difficult to get the attention of his teachers, as they are constantly alternating and the teaching hours with them are limited.
- Different ways of thinking, behaving in the classroom and studying are now required.
-The competitions are intensified due to the age of the children.
- Reactivity to discipline issues increases due to the tendency for autonomy that characterizes a given age, resulting in frequent tensions with teachers.
Parent behavior is once again crucial:
-It is important to encourage and empower your child to treat new situations as a challenge rather than as an unsolvable problem
-In any case, do not forget to emphasize the positive aspect of his transition to this new educational level.
- Tell your child about life in high school, but be careful not to frighten him in the face of his new obligations
-Pay special attention to the youngest children, as they usually find it difficult to adapt because of their heterogeneity compared to their classmates, and are often characterized by low self-esteem.
-Enhance your child's communication with loved ones and classmates so he / she feels they belong to a group where they are accepted
-Try that this change in education level is not accompanied by additional changes within the family
The good news is that most children adapt effectively to both high school and school in general, after the first two to three months. However, it is always helpful for the child when he or she is encouraged to speak openly about their fears and anxieties and when they know that their parents are with them to help them overcome any difficult situation.