6 Tips for Moving During the School Year
Unlike the adult members of the family, children rarely have any say into whether to move or not to move. When the move takes place during the school year it can be more difficult for your children. Obviously every child doesn’t react the same way, but it is important for parents to give some thought to finding ways to minimize the stress for their children. Making the move easier on your children is possible with a little forethought, research and planning. Children generally are very adaptable and with the support of their parents will settle in without serious problems.
If you are moving to another province or country, there may be some differences in the academic curriculum. If this is the case, you should contact the local school board in your new area to get specific information about the curriculum for the grades your children will be in. If there are any major gaps between what your children have previously studied and what they are expected to know, then you may want to consider some one-on-one tutoring.
Academics aside, for children most of their concern about moving is related to having friends and participating in activities they are interested in. This is particularly true for children 10 years and older. For teenagers, their social life is the centre of their universe so a move during the school year probably will affect them more than at any other age.
Top 6 Tips for Moving During the School Year
Here are some tips that can make moving during the school year easier on your children. When your children are happy, it makes life easier for the parents as well.
- Most schools publish school newsletters and have them online. Let your children go to the school website and read through them, as they will give your children an idea of what school life is like and generally include lots of photos of events and activities.
- If your children are involved in organized sports outside of school, go online to see if comparable sports are offered in your new community. Contact the sports association to find out if your children can join a team or participate even if the season has already started. For competitive sports, be prepared to provide information about your child’s prior experience; consider asking a coach to provide a letter of reference.
- For children who are involved in dance, art, music or other artistic activities it is important to let them know that they can continue with their lessons. Go online with your children to look at the websites of teachers or companies offering these activities at locations convenient to your new home.
- If you have a child who is particularly nervous about moving during the school year, contact the school they will be attending and ask to be put in touch with their new teacher. If possible, arrange to have them email or even video chat with your child to introduce themselves.
- If the move is not taking place for at least a month or more, try to arrange a family trip so they can see firsthand what the new location is like. If it is possible for the trip to fall on a weekday, make arrangements for a brief tour of their new school.
- As part of the transition encourage your children to stay in touch with their old friends through email, Skype, phone calls or social media.