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My Child Is Starting a New School. What Do I Need to Know?

Starting a brand new school could be a challenge for a child at any level. What tips do you have for parents who want to make sure their kids are prepared for the new school year?

If your child is starting a new school this year, it could seem like a daunting task.

Whether they're starting kindergarten or entering middle school of high school, you're still going to have to worry about the same things: Who will be their teachers? What should you pack for lunch? What kind of school supplies do they need? And so on.

According to Babble.com, one of the most important things that many parents forget to do before summer ends and school starts back up again is to prepare.

If you have any back-to-school tips for parents whose kids are starting new schools, let us know what worked for you when helping your child make that transition. Leave your tips in the comments. 

Gloria Webber August 05, 2012 at 11:03 PM
We raised 3 boys and moved to a new state when our oldest was to go to the 1st grade. All through summer anticipating being the "new kid" I stressed our "new adventure" for all the family to meet new friends. He would meet new friends to play with, dad to work with and I to play tennis with. The middle son would start preschool, I excitedly told him a similar story. It really is attitude you present how they will embrace their new environment. I stressed he would now be a big boy going to a new wonderful school. I also got involved in PTA and volunteered whenever possible. Having two younger children, no family around, a husband that worked crazy long hours including weekends made it difficult all around but in the long run its what ties a family together. Be possitive don't act fearful, life is an adventure and they will pick that attitude up. Stress the importance of education but be aware not all kids are A students. As I use to tell them if they stuggle to make Cs its ok; if I see they dont try and get Bs that is not ok. Let kids get involved in sports. Good discipline, after school practice, get to know the parents your kids hang out with, parent network is wonderful. Our boys are now grown men; all three have post grad degrees. All three working. Its never easy but be vigilant, encouraging and love them unconditionally AND TELL THEM you love them.
CLaude Todoroff August 06, 2012 at 01:50 AM
You have to remember that here in California thanks to AB48 K-12 students have to educated in the LBGT agenda. Instead of stressing the 3 Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic) we must indoctrinate them with the gay agenda. Also keep in mind that the state of California has seen huge budget cuts for education over the past few years. If bad teachers are tenured the are nearly impossibe to fire. The sexual predator from LAUSD is no longer teaching but still getting paid and that will apparently go on until he is found guilty and send off to Folsom Prison. My suggestion to parents is that if they can afford it send your kids to a private school. They will get a much better education without the politically correct indoctrination. The PTA is useless since they march in lockstep with the unions. In the initials PTA where do you see the S for students? Shouldn't the students come first, then the parents/taxpayers and then the teachers. The teachers also need to beg at the start of the year for paper towels, Kleenex, copy paper etc. I never had to bring paper towels etc. to school it was all provided by the district. Of course in those days California ranked #1 in education and now they are at the bottom along with MIssissippi.
Deborah Lashever August 06, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Homeschool. That is the best advice. Ever wondered why we keep throwing money at schools, we have awesome teachers and our kid's education keeps getting worse? Because the public education system in the US was created by Indusrialists--not Educators. It was created because of Social Darwinism, which was vogue at the time. Your children are being dumbed down to be used as workers and consumers. Look around....it's working great! Read John Taylor Gatto's book, "Dumbing us Down," he spells it out with footnotes galore so you can do your own homework on it...that is if you know how..... Join a Homeschool support group like FACE LA out of Burbank. Great people. Give your child what he or she deserves--a real education! The least you can do is check it out--then make your own decision! You can also see John Taylor Gatto on Youtube. Take 5 minutes and look. This is really important. You owe it to your kid--and the future of our country! Make a real, educated decision about your kid's schooling. The choice is NOT limited to traditional public or charter schools--not at all.
Gloria Webber August 06, 2012 at 04:45 PM
My sons all went to private school.The school had parents interested in their kids, stessing the 3Rs. Our budgets was tight as parents we pitched in to help were possible. I have been back to California for 5 yrs now. I see what goes on in the California school systems; many (not all) parents don't care or do not stress education or see it as a babysitter and teachers; that get tenure! Primary and secondary teachers should never get it. Its a license to get lazy, (again many not all). Unions: they were once needed but now they have lost their purpose. Teachers should have agreed to cutbacks but no, now the school yr is cut. When I was in college I volunteered to go to a local high school for Career Day. Students came to me speaking Spanish asking where to go, I replied in ENGLISH they didn't understand me! I told the student they needed to learn English to get ahead in life, to get into college. We ALL spoke English at home, like all other immigrants. I complained to my parents; how would these "kids" get into college or get a job if they can't speak English.Teaching in Spanish is totally a disservice. I see these young people on the Venice area early in the morning smoking their pot, passing the joints. Sleeping on the taxpayers parks and I think "where are the parents". Everyday I read in the liberal paper how Board members have ripped off cities. Education here is taught to the lowest denominator.
Gloria Webber August 06, 2012 at 04:58 PM
If I had a school age child here in California I would home school or encourage my husband for us to move out of state. Take responsibility how kids view things is our job. Turn off the TV, you Tube, or hanging out at the mall. They see boys and young men with what I call "the wet diaper look", underwear hanging out, young girls trying to look older (and they will with all the facial make-up they cake on) My three sons were all privately educated. If Cali Educators were really interested they flunk them until they actually learned the grade material but parents don't want little johnny stressing over homework. They would rather have them out drinking or joining up with a gang like they did. Glad my boys were educated out of here.
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin August 06, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Culver City has excellent schools. I would encourage anyone who is interested in public schools to check out Culver City's excellent school district. There is a reason why many people move into this wonderful small city: http://www.ccusd.org and http://www.culvercity.org
Janet Landon August 07, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I think the best way to help your child adjust to a new school is to go there before the first day and take a tour. Walk the campus and be positive in your conversation. Your child will take your lead about the excitement of new experiences. Teach them how to start a conversation and have them practice. Don't be alarmed if the first week isn't a homerun. It can take a while for anyone to integrate into new friendships. Focus on the things that you can control like attitude and effort. As the adult ,it is important to listen but try to stay neutral in conversation because tomorrow will be a very new day and the child you criticized is now their best friend. Don't feel bad about giving your child a learning experience that will serve them well in life. Mastering a challenge builds character and confidence.

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