The first day of school can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be! The key to having a great first day at school lies in how you prepare yourself mentally and physically, as well as how you set the tone on your first day of school.
Follow these tips to make sure your first day of school is great!
1) Get up earlier than usual
The key to starting off on the right foot is getting up earlier. Waking up early will help you have time for a nutritious breakfast, pack lunches, and get ready before the bus comes.
You’ll also be able to take in the morning sun or enjoy the crisp autumn air with a walk to school.
If you don’t want to wake up too early, it might be wise not to drink any coffee or energy drinks before school starts so that you can stay focused in class.
By waking up early and giving yourself enough time, you won’t feel like you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off at the end of the day.
If there’s anything that stresses me out about school it’s being late (even just five minutes).
When I’m late, I feel rushed from grabbing my lunch to grabbing my books and even finding where I’m supposed to go because they’ve already started by then.
2) Eat breakfast
Eating breakfast is the best way to start off your morning and fill up on nutrients. It will give you the energy you need for a successful day! Make sure you eat healthy foods that are high in protein and carbs.
This will keep your blood sugar level at an even level and give you enough energy throughout the entire day.
Bonus: Have a good night’s sleep:
One of the most important things to do before going to bed is staying hydrated.
Drink plenty of water, take a shower, and relax before bedtime with something relaxing like reading or listening to music.
3) Dress up nicely
Dress up nicely. Wear something that makes you feel confident, not something that’s too formal or too casual.
Before entering the classroom, take a deep breath and remind yourself why you’re there.
Go in with a smile on your face and greet everyone. Say hello to the teacher and get acquainted with people in the room before sitting down.
Don’t forget to introduce yourself if you haven’t done so already! Tell them where you’re from and what grade level you’ll be attending.
Take initiative by introducing yourself to other students who look like they might want to talk to someone.
Make sure your name is on the attendance sheet as soon as possible because it can sometimes take some time for teachers to figure out which student is which.
Have fun while you’re at school: try new things, participate in activities, go explore different classrooms, etc!
4) Use the restroom
Before you head off to the classroom, it’s important that you use the restroom. You don’t want to be caught with a full bladder in class, and you also need plenty of time before lunch.
The best way to avoid this is by using the bathroom before you leave home in the morning.
If there isn’t one at your house, then find a gas station, coffee shop or convenience store on your way.
5) Arrive early
If you arrive at least fifteen minutes before the bell rings, it will be easier for you to find your classroom and line up.
You’ll also have time to say hello and introduce yourself before class starts.
Plus, if you’re early enough, you’ll be able to get a good seat! It’s never fun when someone else takes your favorite desk.
Keep an eye on your belongings: Always keep track of all of your items-backpacks, water bottles, books, etc.-especially on the first day because they can easily go missing or fall out of sight.
Bonus: Introduce yourself:
One thing that’s always important to do is introduce yourself. It’s an easy way to start making friends with people who are in similar classes as you and even those who might not share any classes with you yet!
6) Don’t be afraid to speak up
First impressions matter. Whether you’re a student or a teacher, you want to be sure that the other person knows who you are and what you bring to the table.
So when you step into your classroom on the first day, it’s important that teachers know who you are and what subjects (if any) they can help teach.
You should also introduce yourself to students in the class. Be polite, but not afraid to speak up if someone is bothering you.
Speak up for your needs. If you need extra help with an assignment or question, then tell them! It’s okay to ask for help if you need it!
If there’s something wrong like noise in the room, don’t just try to put up with it- tell the person(s) that are making noise.
Don’t be too shy because this might happen again at some point and you will have no idea how to handle it better next time.
7)Expectations should be high and fair but flexible enough for success
It is important that expectations for a child’s performance are high and fair but also flexible enough for success. For example, if a child struggles in reading, it may be best to have a tutor help them with reading at home.
In addition, don’t compare one student to another: If one student struggles in math while the other excels, they should not be compared because they are different people and will do well in different subjects.
Remember that learning takes time: Every student learns differently so patience is key! Some students might need more time on a subject than others or may need a break every now and then.
But as long as they’re trying their hardest, you can rest assured that all students are progressing toward being successful learners.
9 Have fun!
What you do on the first day of school really sets the tone for the rest of the year. If you’re nervous or just plain don’t know what to do, here are some tips and tricks that will help:
Dress up in something different than usual. It’s important to start with a fresh slate, and that means looking good too! Have fun with it, wear a skirt if you normally wear jeans, or vice versa. You can even dye your hair different colors!