Even international schools in Singapore might not feel exactly like it is back home for your child. On the plus side, they get exposed to a myriad of different cultures; but they’re also challenged to adapt to a new environment and navigate around unfamiliar situations.
Neil Smith, Head of Elementary at Australian International School Singapore, shares some handy tips for helping your child adapt in school.
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Instead, ask him to talk you through his concerns. Then, talk about all of the exciting things he will experience in school each day, and encourage him to set goals: even simple things like making a new friend from his home country or enjoying a game of football counts.
First day at his new school? Try to schedule a pre-visit with your child to let him get a feel for the school’s facilities, teachers and programmes before the term begins.
For new students settling in, the school’s approach should be flexible and responsive to their needs and may include transition plans, orientation days.
AIS has a buddy programme that ensures each child has a peer to show him or her around and a friendly counsellor who meets with students informally in their first week. This provides reassurance and support, and makes the adjustment as smooth as possible.
Talk to your child and his class teacher.
Communication is a three-way process between the family, child and teacher. The more you involve your son in these discussions, the greater the impact on his learning.
Pack a water bottle, lunch and snack boxes. His school will let you know what uniform, stationery and other items are needed for the year.
Just knowing you’re there to listen and talk through any small worries should be enough to make his first few weeks go well.
From The Finder (Issue 283), May 2017
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