It’s that time again where school is wrapping up and summer is knocking on the front door. Don’t let the end of school year panic get you! The end of the school year is full of exciting events such as open houses, field day, yearbook signing and graduations or promotions. It is also a time for transition. Transitions can be a scary time for some. Feelings of uncertainty and anxiety can arise when the unknown is upon us.
These feeling are true for both students and parents. You have become accustomed to the teacher, classroom, and routines of the grade, and in a few months you will have a new teacher with all the newness that comes along with a new grade. It is often around this time of year that teachers will begin receiving emails from parents asking for a meeting to discuss the next year.
Questions parents often have:
- Is my child ready for the next grade?
- Were they challenged enough this year?
- Should I get tutoring over the summer?
- What camp should I send them to?
- Will they have friends in their class next year?
- Who will be their teacher next year?
- How did the year go by so fast?
- How will I keep my child engaged this summer?
If you find these questions start popping up in your mind, that is normal. Transitions can leave you feeling powerless because you don’t have all the answers. We’re here to say that it is all going to be okay!
If you find these questions start popping up in your mind, that is normal. Transitions can leave you feeling powerless because you don’t have all the answers. Parents and guardians want the best for their children. They want to make sure that they will be able to transition an have a successful year. We’re here to say that it is all going to be okay!
As teachers we have the opportunity to see children transition into new grades every year. We’ve been in education long enough now to have the pleasure and opportunity to see our past students grow up, transition into high school, and even enter and graduate from college. We have seen a many children in our classrooms with a variety of learning styles, challenges, and successes and every single one of them have transitioned, matured, grown up, and learned in school. And while we cannot say that these students road was 100% perfect, we can say that they are doing well and thriving in their own unique ways. Which is why we would like to say to parents of elementary school age children, “Everything is going to be ok!”
We’d like to offer some advice for parents and guardians, in case you begin to feel anxious about the end of the year and transition into the next grade.
What to do:
- Let your child be where they are. Had there been any challenges or issues their teacher would have already met with you about it.
- Be proud that your child learned so much in another school year.
- Look at the maturity and growth of the whole child that occurred during the whole year, not just academics
- Ask the teacher if there is anything that your child should review over summer. This could something simple, but it could also be nothing at all and that is totally fine too.
- Enjoy the rest and relaxation that comes with summer vacation.
What not to do:
- DON’T wait till the end of the year to bring up a year long issue for the first time
- DON’T put your child in summer tutoring unless it is actually needed or it is a passion for them
- DON’T compare your child’s progress to others
- DON’T gossip about which teachers are “good” or “bad”
- DON’T believe other people’s experience with a certain teacher, you might have a completely different one
Endings and transitions can be anxiety provoking. The end of a school year panic is real, and we completely understand these feelings. However, as parents and guardian try to trust that the teachers and the school have your child’s best interest in mind. While you have a sun-filled summer vacation, the school and faculty will make sure that the transition into the following year is smooth and successful!