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Moving On Up: Helping Your Child Transition to a New Grade or School

When it comes to the first day of a new grade level or new school, some children may have fears to overcome. We asked the pediatric experts at Children’s Hospital Colorado how parents can help facilitate a smooth transition.

Kindergarten to elementary school

Your child has already experienced leaving the comforts of home while attending daycare, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. However, accepting more responsibilities, learning in a more structured environment and making the transition to being a full-fledged “student” can be an emotional time for young children. The best way to prepare your child for elementary school while avoiding separation anxiety is through “behavior rehearsal.”