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How to Help Kids Transition to a New School After a Move

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Moving is hard on everyone in the family, but kids particularly often have a harder time adjusting. Leaving friends, teachers they know and a school environment they're comfortable with makes it difficult for them to transfer to a new place. So before you move, find out how to help your child not only manage through this difficult time but thrive in their new place. These tips and suggestions will provide you with all the information you need and more.

1. Help Kids Moving During the School Year

Changing schools because of a move is difficult. And it's even more difficult if that change happens partway through a school year. But often, as parents, we don't have the option of choosing when to move. If you find yourself in this situation, take heart. Your children will adjust. It might just take a little more effort and patience from you.

So, check out ways to help you help them. And if you have any stories to share, please do so through the comment feature below.

2. Guide to Finding A Good School

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One of the most difficult tasks when moving to a new community is finding a good school. It's not that good schools are few and far between, it's just that with the old school you knew all your child's teachers, have been involved in school activities and are certain your child was receiving a good education.

So why not make it fun for both you and your child by researching options, then taking a tour, asking lots of questions and spending some time in a classroom? Getting your child involved in the process will help them adapt more quickly to the change and will reassure you that this move is a positive change for the entire family.

3. International Moves: How to Choose a Good School Overseas

When moving your family to a new country, there are several questions to ask yourself when thinking of your child's education. With three different educational options, which one is best suited to your child's individual learning methods and goals?

Find out everything you need to know about international schools, from educational styles to fees to a list of resources that will help you find the perfect educational experience for your child.

4. Help Kids Settle into a New School

Moving to a new school is usually the hardest part of a move for kids. Switching schools means making new friends, getting to know new friends and figuring out how to navigate their way through. This is particularly difficult for teens. So, to help them transition to their new school, check out these tips and suggestions.

5. Which Educational Records Will the New School Need?

If you're planning a move to a new school district, particularly if you're moving to a new city, it's a good idea to gather your child's academic records or begin creating an education portfolio. This will be a critical piece to your child's future if you're in the process of moving, planning to move or if you want to enrol your child in a special or private school.

From letters of reference to individual achievements, find out which educational documents to include and how to build your child's records for a solid future.

6. School Records Checklist

Before you move your child to a new school, there are several documents you need to collect. School records will help your child transition to a new school and will provide invaluable information for future success.

7. Help Kids Get to Know Neighborhood Kids

When transitioning kids to a new school, it's a good idea to help them get to know the kids in their neighbourhood, who often will be attending the same school. This list of suggestions is the perfect place to start with suggestions on getting kids familiar with their neighborhood and the people that live in it.

8. Books to Help Kids Adjust to a New School

If you're having a hard time communicating with them about this change, check out this list of books that will help your kids move. With stories built around kids their own age who are also making the transition from a familiar place to a new environment where they might feel lost.

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