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Help Children Cope with Back-to-School Transitions


As families welcome the new school year, sometimes parents can forget a child’s need to ease into a new grade. The child who enters school this fall is not the same one who started this time last year. He or she may be different physically, mentally and emotionally.


Your child also may be in a different class with a different teacher, maybe even in a different building or school. Children who did well last year probably will do fine this year. However, children are susceptible to pressures in school. Adjusting to change can affect their school work, at least for a while.


During these first few weeks of school, you need to be patient. Show your understanding for any adjustments your child has to make. Offer lots of encouragement and support. Parents who have particular concerns or worries should share them with their child’s teacher.


While some children may find change hard, in time most children will adjust just fine. Adults can help ease the transition from home and summer fun to school and studies. ISU Extension and Outreach Family Life specialists offer some hints.


Treat school as a normal activity. Don’t give the impression there is any choice about whether or not a child goes to school. If your child says, “I’m not going,” calmly let him or her know you hear the concerns about school and will help him or her work through them.


Let children talk about school. Remember, all feelings are acceptable so don’t force them to be happy or excited. They may be disappointed, upset or even frightened.


Answer honestly all questions about school and what to expect. It is the unknown that is frightening to children.


Enlist the help of siblings and other adults. Don’t let them scare children with stories of how terrible school is or share their own bad experiences.


Allow plenty of time to talk about the day’s events after everyone gets home. Don’t push too hard for information, but promote an atmosphere where children will feel comfortable about sharing what happened at school.


For more parenting tips, visit Science of Parenting http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/scienceofparenting/ or Just in Time Parenting http://www.extension.org/parenting.




Clayton County Calendar of Events:


September 2, Junior Robotics Parents Find-Out Night, 4:00 PM, Extension Office, Elkader

September 8, Clayton County Extension Council Meeting, 7:30 PM, Extension Office, Elkader

September 15, Post Fair Evaluation Meeting, 7:00 PM, Freedom Bank Community Room, Elkader

September 20, Clayton County 4-H Shooting Sports, 1:00 PM, Osborne Shelter House, Elkader

September 20, Clayton County 4-H County Council Meeting, 7:00 PM, Extension Office, Elkader

September 27, 4-H Citizenship Project Meeting, 2:00 PM, Fayette County Fairgrounds, West Union




Junior Robotics Find-Out Night for Parents

A Junior Robotics Find Out Night for Parents is being held on September 2 at the Clayton County Extension and Outreach at 4 pm. 

Junior Robotics is an International Program designed by FIRST for 6-9 year olds. 

This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by 2 adult coaches, teams use LEGO bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.

The ISU Extension and Outreach– Clayton County has 6 kits to loan out for the year for up to 6 teams.  

Youth and Parents who would like to have a Junior Robotics Team will need to enroll as a 4-H member or leader. 

Instead of a competition for the Junior Robotics team we will be having a County Showcase of Show Me posters and model builds. 

There will be a possibility of a trip to visit the National Competition in St. Louis in the Spring. 

Parents of and Youth Ages 6-9.  There is a Junior Robotics Find Out Night at the Clayton County Office on Wednesday, September 2 at 4pm-5pm.  For more information contact Shannon at sdurbin@iastate.edu.