Happening today and throughout next week students are preparing to start school. The question for many parents is ‘are their students mentally prepared to do so?'
Tucson News Now is addressing some of those first day anxieties and what parents can do to help their children with them.
One anxiety that students deal with on the first day of school is everything is brand new. This applies to all students, but especially those starting school for the first time. For younger students not used to school, there are so many new things to see and do; so many new people - other students and teachers to meet. Older students may have anxieties about whether they can open a locker, or get to class on time and whether or not they might get lost trying to find their classes.
Shari Attebery, a counselor at Twin Peaks Elementary in the Marana Unified School District, offers these ‘tools to prepare' for parents to help their students get back into the school frame of mind.
- Make sure they get the proper amount of sleep the night before.
- Get the student back into their school morning routine, when to wake up, get dressed, etc.
- Eating a proper breakfast is also essential; do not allow students to skip this important meal.
- Walk their student (mentally) through their day.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions.
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