Dealing With Feelings l
school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad
that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day
of school because of all the new things: new
teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school.
Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find
out more about going
back to school.
The First Day
Most teachers kick off the
school year by introducing themselves and
talking about all the stuff you'll be doing that year. Some teachers give
students a chance to tell something about themselves to the rest of the class.
When teachers do the talking on
the first day, they often go over classroom rules so you'll know what's allowed
and what's not. Pay close attention so you'll know if you need to raise your
hand to ask a question and what the rules are about visiting the restroom.
You might already know a lot of
people in your classes on the first day. But it's a great day to make a new
friend, so try to say hello to kids you know and new ones that you don't. Make
the first move and you'll be glad you did and so will your new friend!
Sixth grade often signals a move
to middle school or junior high, where you'll
find lockers and maybe a homeroom. This is just what it sounds like - a
classroom you'll go to each morning, kind of like your home in the
school. In middle
school, you might move from classroom to classroom for each subject. Your
teachers know that this is a big change from elementary
school and will help you adjust.
Most teachers let you pick your
own seat on the first day, but by the second or third morning, they'll have
mapped out a seating plan. It's a good idea to write down where your seat is in
your notebook so you don't forget.
Feeling Good on
Seeing friends you haven't seen
in a while can make the first day a good one. You also can make the day feel
special by wearing an outfit you like. Maybe you got a great T-shirt on
vacation, or your new sneakers put a spring in your step. If you wear a uniform,
you might wear a favorite watch or piece of jewelry to show your personal style.
It can make you feel good to be
prepared and have all the supplies you need. Some
schools distribute supply lists before the year begins, so you can come
stocked up on pencils, folders, and whatever else you'll be needing. Once you've
covered the basics, you might tuck an extra dollar or two in your backpack for
an emergency (like forgetting your lunch money). Or maybe you'd like to bring
along a book or magazine to read while you're on the bus.
Whatever you put in your
backpack, make sure you pack it the night before. This prevents the morning
panic when you can't find your homework or lunch box. Speaking of lunch, that's
something else that can help you feel good at school
- whether it's the first day or the 100th day. Pack it the night before if you
don't like what's on the menu at the cafeteria. Try to include a variety of
foods in your packed lunch, especially fruits and vegetables.
The first day of
school is your first chance to find your way
around a new school, or learn the pathways to
new classes in your old school. It's a lot to
learn in one day, so don't be surprised if you need a reminder or two.
It might help to write a few
notes to yourself, so you'll remember the important stuff, like your locker
combination and that lunch starts at 11:43, not 12:10. Before you know it, your
fingers will fly as you open your locker and you won't have to check your notes
to know what time lunch starts!
A Bad Start?
What if you
by the end of day one? Teachers recommend giving things some time to sort
themselves out - once you know your way around the building and get adjusted to
the new routine, you'll probably feel better. If those feelings don't fade, talk
to your mom, dad, teacher, or school
Here are a few final tips for a
fantastic first day:
- Get enough sleep.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Try your best.
- Develop good work habits, like
writing down your assignments and turning in your homework on time.
- Take your time with
school work. If you don't understand
something, ask the teacher.
- Keep a sense of humor. One
teacher we know shows his new students a picture of himself graduating high
school - a grinning ape in a red graduation
cap and gown. This usually makes the kids laugh, and it's a good way to remind
them that school is fun!