Prepare Your Children for Changing Schools After a Move

May 25, 2024 | Moving Help, Tips

You may be celebrating summer break with your kids, but if you plan on moving during the busy summer moving season, chances are high that you’re kids may go to a new school in the fall.

Relocating your family to a new home can be an exciting yet challenging experience, especially when it involves your kids changing schools. Getting kids used to the idea of a new school is stress you don’t want to worry about.

At Element Moving & Storage, we understand that moving is more than just packing and transporting belongings; it’s about transitioning lives. This should be an exciting moment for the whole family, and changing schools should be the ultimate adventure.

As a parent, helping your child adapt to changing schools is crucial for their emotional and academic well-being.

We’ve prepared this guide to help your kids with a smooth transition before they walk through the doors of their new school.

Discuss the Move with Your Child

Moving can be an emotional roller coaster for children. It’s essential to explain the details of the move as soon as possible. This is especially true if you’re dealing with a long-distance move. During your conversation, encourage open dialogue, allowing your child to express their feelings and concerns. Maintain a positive attitude and highlight the new opportunities and friendships that await them. Reinforce that change is a natural part of life and can lead to exciting new experiences, including changing schools.

Involve Children in the Moving Process

Including your child in the moving process can help them feel more in control and less anxious. Let them decide what personal items to take along and what to leave behind.

Take some time to show them photos of the new home and, if you’re making a more local move, visit the new neighborhood together.

Explore the school’s website to familiarize them with their new environment. Arrange a tour of the school in the days before school starts so your child can walk the halls, see the classrooms, and potentially meet the teachers. This can make the experience of changing schools more tangible and less intimidating.

Hype Up the First Day of School

Make the first day at the new school a special occasion. Go shopping for new school supplies and a new outfit to boost their confidence.

Discuss what the first day might be like, and encourage your child to engage in social interactions. Emphasize the excitement of meeting new friends and learning new things.

For kids in younger grades like Pre-K and Kindergarten, talk to them about the fun games they’ll play at school and reassure them that you’ll be there to get them after school gets out.

Get Involved at the School

Your involvement in the new school can significantly impact your child’s adjustment. Volunteer at school events and maintain regular communication with teachers to monitor your child’s progress and well-being. Some schools may offer reading, science, and math nights where your student can show off what they’ve learned in a fun, comfortable environment. Stay on top of these types of events and let your child know that you’re there to support their progress, especially amidst the stress of a recent move.

Create New Memories at the New School

Establish a daily routine similar to the one your child had before the move to provide a sense of stability. Stay positive and supportive of your child’s feelings throughout the transition. Celebrate their bravery and adaptability in facing a new school environment.

Make Your Move Easier with Element Moving & Storage

Relocating and changing schools can be a daunting process for children, but with the right support and preparation, it can also be an exciting new chapter. At Element Moving & Storage, we’re here to make your move as seamless as possible, so you can focus on helping your child thrive in their new school

By following our tips and putting your packing and moving needs in our hands, you can ensure a smoother transition and help your child embrace their new academic and social environment.

If you’re ready to schedule our white glove moving services, we’re ready to help. Together, we can make this transition a positive experience for the entire family. Contact us today to get on our calendar!