Starting School

Starting school is a time of excitement, trepidation, happiness, or sadness for all involved. Children, parents, and teachers may all be excited by the transition but, at the same time, many admit to feeling apprehensive. For many children, the excitement of going to ‘big school’ is tinged with a sense of not knowing exactly what it will be like. For parents, there is the sense of letting go, and of their children growing up. For teachers, there is a sense of starting all over again, as they watch their former students move on and as they prepare to greet the new group of students. Transitions are important times in the lives of all people. The transition to school is one of the first major transitions children make and the way it is managed sets the stage not only for children’s success at school, but also their response to future ransitions.