Here is the first of a 3 part series.
To children, school is for playing and friends. Learning is only a by-product. We have discovered through research that the more comfortable a child is in their classroom, the more they will learn and succeed.
So, the first thing you can do to help your child feel like they fit in is
TOUR THE CLASSROOM
Let your child get a feel for where their backpack will go, where they might sit, where the teacher will sit. Help them figure out how to get to their classroom and how to get to important places like the cafeteria and office.
All of this knowledge and practice in their new class will give your child an increased level of confidence and comfort going into their first day.
PS - even if you missed the official open house, you can still drop by and ask to see your child's classroom during the work day. Teachers will be up at the school preparing.