For kids, the hardest part of moving to Fort Myers will be having to start a new school this coming August. Switching schools means making new friends, getting to know new teachers, settling into an unfamiliar Fort Myers school, and figuring out how to navigate through a new system; this transition can be particularly hard on teens.
In order to better prepare your kids to start at a new Fort Myers school, the residential moving company, All My Sons Moving & Storage have some tried and true steps that you can take for a smoother transition.
• Visit their new school.
Before the first day at their new Fort Myers school, take a tour of the school with your children to get them familiar with the layout. This will provide your child with the opportunity to ask any questions and not be lost on the first day of school.
• Familiarize them with the route to and from their Fort Myers school.
If your child is walking or taking the bus to school, make sure that they know the route, the time the bus comes, where the bus comes to pick them up, and how to get home. Ask around the neighborhood about families that are willing to carpool, which is a great way for your kid to meet other kids at their school and in their neighborhood.
• Accompany them on their first day of school.
If you have younger children, and if the school allows, accompany your kid on their first day at their new. This will be a great way for you to meet their teacher and will help them feel more secure. Teenagers will probably prefer to go alone on their first day of school. If your kids are a little bit older and they are moving to Fort Myers for college, All My Sons have some great advice for helping them to move.
• Host a get-together.
Host a block party or neighborhood housewarming party, especially if you know that there a lot of neighborhood kids. This is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to other children close in age, as well as find out information about the school.
• Talk to them.
The first few weeks of school can be challenging, and your child may react differently than you expected. Make sure to take the time to talk to them and let them know you are there for them to talk about their experience and how they are adjusting.
• Give them time to get adjusted.
Adjusting to a new Fort Myers school takes time. Give your child some time to get comfortable, it may take a few months for everything to get settled.