Transitions are defined quite simply as change.
They are a period where we must adapt to new circumstances, expectations, people, environments or routines. Whether big or small, transitions are a significant part in children's lives, as well as the learning community here at St Brigid’s.
In the coming weeks students at St Brigid’s will have several opportunities to spend time with different students and teachers in potentially less familiar classroom spaces as we begin the transition process for 2020.
Research shows that transitions to a new learning environment is a time of potential challenge and stress for children and their families. For some, it brings excitement about making friends and learning new things, while for others the change can leave them feeling nervous and overwhelmed.
It’s normal for children and young people to have strong feelings about an upcoming transition, such as excitement about the prospect of going into a new class, as well as nervousness about what lies ahead. Many children and young people may also feel sad or angry about leaving their current learning environment and the positive relationships they’ve established with educators and each other.
Common feelings children and young people have during transition can include:
fear or anxiety
Helping children to handle these feelings will help to reduce their stress and can provide them with positive coping strategies. Children often have difficulty explaining in words how they are feeling – instead they might show their feelings through their behaviour.
Some stress management ideas to help children during the transition period and beyond include helping them how to recognise, express and talk about their feelings and develop problem-solving skills. Other helpful thinking strategies – for example, “I can do this” or “I can be brave”. Just remember transition is not something that just happens in a day- it is a process that takes time. At school the staff will continue to support all students at this time directly and indirectly through planned and informal learning opportunities.
Click on the link to access a digital story that explores the feelings of fear, anticipation and anxiety when in a new setting as a positive opportunity to make new friends through the interaction of animals. You may find this a helpful resource to watch and discuss with your child together. The Wolf is Not Invited
Just remember transition is not something that just happens in a day- it is a process that takes time.