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Starting school can be both exciting and terrifying for many kids, since new places and strangers can easily make young children curious but insecure. Consequently, it is not uncommon to see young parents seeking secrets of helping kids fit in kindergarten and elementary schools. Of all the methods mentioned in the statement, I think chatting with children is the most effective way to aid them in preparing for school life.
To begin with, it is easiest for kids to understand what schooling is through casual conversation with family members. Neither children’s book nor parent adage can be inclusive, no matter how hard the editors and professionals have tried. This is because reading materials can never contain everything due to limited space and restricted perspectives. Therefore, a child usually only acquires common sense about school through reading books or listening to others. Conversely, talking with kids can involve almost every question they have about schools. In other words, it provides children comprehensive and, more importantly, customized version of what school life will and will not be like. This is essential because each child may have a particular worry about school. For instance, before my sister was enrolled in primary school, she was anxious whether she would be kicked out if she couldn’t get along well with the cats in schoolyard. Such misgiving was seldom illustrated in children’s books but it did bother her. Luckily, via talking with her about this concern and some others, my parents had made it crystal what the local elementary school required.
Furthermore, small talk contributes most to mental preparation. Sometimes little boys and girls can hardly understand new terms like “schedule” or “assignment”; they may find such words conceptional and the uncertainty leads to unease. However, children will feel increasingly secure after each time they talk with their parents or family members about their worries. What is assured and reassured during the conversations is the belief that their parents will always be on their side so nothing will go wrong. Thus, strong family bonding will encourage kids to face potential difficulties and unsureness in future school life. In contrast, a child’s doubts and fear about new environment are unlikely to be eradicated by stories, whether they are read by him or his family. The main reason is a person, especially one aged from 3 to 6, can hardly build a stronger relationship with imaginary figures than with his family members. As a result, he will not experience as supported as those who have conversations with parents about school life.
Helping children thrive on times of transition is crucial to their childhood and future development. Compared with reading or listening, talking with kids can better prepare them for their new life. Personally, I suggest all parents start conversations with their children before sending the latter to schools.