Shortly before school starts our school has an “open house” day where the kids can come in and see their classroom, find their locker, and meet their new teacher. The kids can bring in their new school supplies, choose their desk, and put their supplies away. This works really good so the kids don’t have to carry a bunch of stuff on the first day of school. My kids really enjoy this night because they finally get to find out if they are going to be in the same class as their friends. Of course if they’re disappointed I hear about it for the next few days but I just take the time to listen to their concerns and help them express their feelings about their disappointment.
Both Darrell and Ben will be starting in new schools this year so taking the time to show them around their schools is especially important to them. Ben has been in his new school quite a bit because his older siblings have been attending there for the past couple of years and he has been with me every time I picked them up from school. So he is pretty familiar with the school but he will be seeing it a bit differently since he will now have a classroom in their school. Darrell has taken a couple of field trips with his sixth grade class to the junior high so they could tour the school and get a chance to check things out and start becoming familiar and comfortable with their new surroundings. So he will know the layout of the school a little bit and we will just need to walk through his school and find all his classrooms, locate his locker, and get an idea of what his daily schedule will be like.