With the first month of school coming to an end, we talk to moms about their sons and daughters experience coming to school for the first time. We spoke to International School of Beijing (ISB) mom Elizabeth Hardage about her daughter Olivia’s first day of school. To see the first blog of the series, click here.
Was your daughter scared to come to school? Tell us about the experience.
She was super excited to go to school. She missed being around friends and kids her own age this summer. Additionally, we attended Meet the Teacher Day at ISB so this helped tremendously in getting her ready and excited for the first day. So, I would say she was not scared to come to school.
How did you prepare her for the first day?
This is not my daughter’s first time going to school, but it was the third school she had attended in the last three years! So, I felt it was important to prepare her a bit for her new school, ISB. We looked at some pictures on the ISB website, reviewed some of the pictures I had taken on Meet the Teacher Day and read a few stories about going to school for the first time. We also tried to guess what some of the student’s names would be in her class. I think all of these things combined helped to prepare her for her first day.
Anything to add?
My daughter attends ISB’s full-day program, but for the first week, they had all of the students attend for only half of the day. I think this helped tremendously with the transition to her new school. Her classroom has s swing, sandbox, fish, turtles, a library, and computers to name a few things! Also, the teachers are incredibly friendly and caring.
Photo: Courtesy of ISB