One would think that the end of the school year, with the long, sun-filled summer days just waiting for all the fun, that students would be excited to ditch the books and start relaxing. While this is true for many students there are students who have difficulty transitioning from one school year to the next.
When anything comes to an end it is a little bittersweet. This is especially true for students who have come to love their classmates and teachers. Here are some ways to make the transition to the next grade a little easier because, believe it or not, even teachers have a tough time saying goodbye!
Create a Memory Item
Sometimes it is hard to let go of a great thing. This includes school and your teacher. Letting go can be easier when you create a tangible thing that you can look back at and have happy memories. Create a memory item like an autograph book, an enlarged photo of your class and teacher, or a collage of all fun moments throughout the school year.
Write a Letter
Saying goodbye for the summer can be a little easier when you put it in words. For students moving on to high school at another school writing a letter to each of your teachers from the past years can help you process the move. We also suggest writing a letter to yourself. You may find that when you read the letter in a year or so from now that all of your worries about the transition were for nothing or not at as bad as you thought it would be. Plus, it’s a fun way to look back!
Plan for the Summer
If your child is concerned about seeing friends, then make some plans now to do a few things right away to kick off the summer. A beach trip, museum date, or park hang out can be just the thing to allay any fears that a child won’t get to see their best buddies.
Visit the New Class
Whether your child is staying at NSCS or moving on to another school, it is a good idea to get to know the next year’s teachers. For most of our students they know the classrooms and teachers all year during chapels and school-wide activities so this anxiety is usually quickly forgotten.
For students graduating from NSCS take some time to visit your new school and get to know what your classes will be like in September.
Saying goodbye can be hard but remember that with every door that closes, God opens a window. Enjoy a wonderful and relaxing summer break!