How to Transition into New Programs: Advice from Teachers
This month we asked some of our teachers to share ways in which we can help children transition into new programs in the new year.
“Parents and caregivers using words of encouragement, such as ‘you can do it,’ ‘you’re going to have so much fun,’ and ‘I will be here when you get out of class,’ is a wonderful way to help children transition into new programs. Some children might be shy or nervous to meet new teachers, new students, and enter into a new class. It’s always so helpful when parents and caregivers let the teacher know about these feelings as they will take extra care and time to make that student feel welcome in class.”
-Katrina, Ballet and Early Childhood Teacher
“As students transition into a new semester whether it’s with the same instructor or a new level or class, families can support them by talking about the changes they can expect in the new semester. A major change a returning student could expect would be new classmates; not all students will return to the same exact class in the Winter/Spring semester. It’s best that the students knows their instructors’ names before the first day. It’s also important to talk to your child about what the new class is. If your student is changing into a new class or level feel free to contact Discovery so you can have the instructors’ names and class information.”
-Mary, Gymnastics Director and Coach
“I’ve always found excitement in change. Although the unknown can be scary at times, the whole idea of a new adventure has always sparked a new zest in life. Adults and children alike often experience worry when entering unknown grounds, but it’s important to remind each other that it is in this very place that true growth happens, bringing with it the potential for amazing new life experiences. Something exciting is happening.”
-Joe, Gymnastics and Parkour Coach