For kids of all ages, transitioning to a new school can be difficult. Whether it is your child’s first day of high school or you’re moving to a new school district, starting a new school can affect your child’s academic performance, social development, and mental state. But there are things you can do before and during your child’s switch to a new school to help them feel and become comfortable in an unfamiliar environment.
Although moving to a new school might feel like a disaster to your tw/een, starting at a new school can be a positive experience for them. However, that does not mean they will not struggle to adjust. Switching peer groups, adjusting to a new academic schedule, and leaving behind old friends can be hard for adolescents. And it is not just about social expectations - a new school can also cause challenges in academic and extracurricular areas. While many tw/eens thrive in a fresh start, immediately jumping into activities and making friends, others will not immediately succeed. Your tw/een may feel lost for a bit, both academically and socially.
In Alberta, we are fortunate to have an abundance of educational opportunities and school choice. Even amongst independent school options, there is a wide variety of missions, programs, and focus-areas. To help you set your child up on the right path, we’ve taken a step back and compiled this objective list of questions you can use to evaluate each school you are considering.
When children are ready for chapter books, a new level of reading wonders await as they develop a reading identity and favorite authors they can’t get enough of! Help your young readers discover the tales that will have them asking for more reading time with these 10 popular beginning chapter book series.
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