There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than starting off the year at a new school. A million worries surface: Will she have any friends? Will she find her classes? Will her locker open? Here are some ways to help while she’s preparing for a new school.
Tour the school. Counselors and teachers return to school before kids do, and will usually give individual tours to new students before the school year starts.
Attend every open house and information session the school holds.
Get your daughter’s schedule beforehand, if possible.
Do a practice run. In middle school, kids confront moving among rooms for the first time, which can be confusing. Try it out ahead of time.
Open her locker. Sounds minor, but it can be the most stressful thing that first week.
Get her involved in extracurriculars. Give her a place to connect with kids outside of school—Girl Scouts, chess club, soccer—anything.
Ride the bus. It’s a good way to meet new kids.
Talk about her fears and brainstorm how to meet new people—and how to negotiate the lunchroom.