Some children naturally embrace change, eagerly weaving new people into their lives. But many kids form attachments slowly and cautiously, making the challenge of bonding with a new teacher an additional stressor when the school year begins.
Every teacher has a unique teaching style, personality and classroom rules, requiring time and effort for children to figure out how to sync up and feel at ease in their classroom. For many kids, the process generates a great deal of anxiety.
Here are a few tips that will help your child adjust to a new teacher:
• Help your child become more comfortable with the teacher, outside of class time. Offer to help the teacher before or after school with your child in tow so there's a chance for conversation without the distraction of other children.
• Create a list of "My Favorite Things" for your child and his teacher to complete. It might include things like, "Favorite movie," "Best dessert in the world," and "Coolest birthday ever." This will allow your child and his teacher to discover shared interests, an important step in forging genuine attachment.
• Conspire with your child's teacher so your son or daughter "accidentally" hears him/her (the teacher) gossiping about your child in a good way. When a child believes the teacher likes who they are as a person (often made more believable when it's overheard), it fosters an authentic sense of connection.