First Day of School: 20 Tips for Teachers & Parents


12 January 2021

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How does the first day go for kids?

The first day of school is a fresh start with new classes, new friendships, and new knowledge. To survive the first day of school, we all need to properly plan a schedule that is to be followed diligently.

Once it is done, it is easy to have a successful and organized day helping you to develop a positive attitude!

a happy child on his first day of school

The first day of school is a new stepping stone in every kid’s life. It is for the first time that they are going to face the real world, all on their own. It is a new milestone for both parents and students. While a child may be nervous or anxious, parents are filled with mixed emotions.

Most children settle in school quickly but some take a longer time. Therefore, it is very important for parents to discuss with the children what they are going to face.

The 1st day in school is also the first day for teachers. Therefore, there are a few things which they must be aware of. We have mentioned in this article 10 such tips on the first day of school for teachers that will clear their doubts on what to do on the first day of school for students and how to teach students for the first time.

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Tips for parents and Teachers on the First day of school


10 Important Tips for Teachers on First Day of School

  1. Greet Your Students 

It is the first day of students in the school. They are entering into a whole new environment and it is very important to make them comfortable. As they will be coming down the hallway, be ready to help them out, and greet them. You need to help these nervous kids feel better – and the best way to do that is by making them comfortable with your smile and warm greeting.

Teacher greeting her student on first day of school

  1. Share your story with the kids 

Another very useful method to set the tone light is through story-telling. Kids love listening to stories. This will set a welcoming environment for them. Tell them about how and why you became a teacher. This will help to break the ice. This will also help them overcome the fear of a strange environment amongst unknown faces. Giving a heartfelt introduction and a good story helps you set a safe space.

  1. Introduction sessions

Make each student introduce themselves. There are lots of fun games and techniques which can be used to make them share a little about themselves. Motivate the students to speak up. It is obvious, they would be nervous at the beginning. Ask them relevant questions to know more about them. 

teacher narrating stories to kids

  1. Provide them with a school tour 

They have come to a new place. It is very important for them to understand this new environment. Therefore, give them a tour of the school. This will boost excitement in them and prevent the fear of getting lost.

  1. Tell the Rules 

Make sure you introduce them to the rules of the place in a right way that is not dominating. Tell them about the class routines, school uniforms, books, activities, etc. Don't overload them with information. Rather, just give a head start. This will help you maintain the pace in the upcoming sessions. This will also help the students to behave in a disciplined manner.

Classroom rules for students

  1. Observe and Assess 

We are not recommending a formal examination on the very first day. Rather, just ask the kids to repeat after you what they did on their first day. This will help to keep them involved with the school activities. Observation is another great way to take note of how a student is forming relationships with other students - who are showing active interest, who are nervous, and so on.

  1. Organize Your Classroom

It is very important to set everything in place on the first day of school. From classroom desks to bulletin boards, everything must be properly arranged and, if possible, decorated. It would be more fun if the classroom arrangement is done along with the students.

Organised classroom

  1. Send kids home with a welcome packet

The welcome package should include a welcome letter for the parents, a copy of the classroom rules, a schedule of the upcoming events, and every other information that is to be communicated. Teachers can also provide their students a sweet or chocolate along with the welcome package. This will keep everything simple and friendly.

  1. Attendance 

Make sure you take the attendance of the students so that you are aware of all the names and also about their present/absent status. Just to keep everything light, you can give students some shorter names or nicknames. Kids tend to love these names.

Teacher calling out attendance for kids

  1. Inform them about the upcoming days 

Students must be boosted and encouraged to participate and come to school. It is very important to set a threat-free environment and inform them about what they are going to learn henceforth.

These are some of the general tips that every teacher is supposed to follow. But, everyone has their own unique style of conducting a class.

If you are an English teacher, you will probably want to start with the alphabet. But if you are a Maths teacher, you can probably start with making them understand numbers or patterns and shapes. You can show them different objects and things and help them start developing their visual skills. You can help them understand the numbers and shapes by using practical examples.

For example, teach them counting using candies or any other tools instead of using chalk and board. These small practices will ensure fruitful learning for the child.

Now let’s just know what parents can do on the first day of school for their kids.

10 Important Tips for Parents on First Day of School

  1. Drop them at school 

It is very important to support your kid and stay with them. Encourage them on the way to stay there with other friends and peers in a friendly mood. Remember, this would be the first time they are going to be away from you and stay alone. Therefore it is very important to boost their courage.

Parent dropping her kid to school

  1. Review the information provided by the teacher 

It is very important for parents to get themselves familiarised with the rules and regulations of the school. It is also very important to read the notes or the letters given by the teachers on the very first day of your child. This will keep you connected with the school activities.

  1. Help Your Child Prepare 

Get involved with your child. It is very important for you to get him/her prepared for the first day of school. You must prepare a checklist so that you don't tend to forget anything. Show them the resources and ask them to take care of them. Also, ensure a proper bedtime routine.

A picture of mother-daughter duo

  1. Share Your Memories 

It is very important to share your own school experiences with your child. This way they will develop a positive and optimistic mind. Talk to them about your favorite subject, favorite teacher, friends, assignments, etc. These stories will help them relate to the happenings of the school.

  1.  Meet the teacher

It is very important for you to introduce your child to his/her teacher. It is equally important for you to have a meaningful conversation with the teacher and explain to them some attributes about your child. Show your child that the teacher is someone you like and can be trusted. This will help them form an attachment with the teacher.

parent teacher meeting

  1. Ask students about their first day

It is very important to understand what a child does on his/her first day of school. They are filled with experiences and they want someone to share with. This will help parents understand their kids and motivate them.

  1. Create a reward system

This is a very important motivating factor for all the kids. Rewards on the work keep them encouraged and involved. This will also boost their spirits to keep up their good work.

Parent rewarding her kid

  1. Create a stress-free environment 

It is very important to understand that your child is going out to an entirely different environment. He/She will definitely be nervous about this new journey. Therefore, as parents, it is very important to create a positive environment.

  1. Explain the routines of preschool 

Tell kids about the games that they are going to play in school, the new friends that they are going to make, and the subjects that they're going to learn. Don't overhype things because if your child's initial experience doesn't match their expectations, they will feel nervous instead of being excited.

  1. Don’t make comparisons 

It is very important to understand that these comparisons can have a negative impact on the child. Therefore, refrain yourselves from this practice.

Do not compare your kids with others


Maths is a subject which is very different from other subjects. Therefore, it is very important to develop the interest of students in maths from the very beginning. Parents play a very important role in this regard.

They can regularly relate different things or household activities which is this particular subject. They can keep their kids involved while making their maths learning fun. Parents can make their kids join math classes or come up with periodic reviews of their mathematics work. This will surely ensure great learning.

We hope these tips were useful for our readers and they will implement these to create a difference in the lives of children. Remember, a good early education is the foundation of a child’s personality. Do give your time and get involved with them.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on First Day of School

What are the tips for teachers on the first day of school?

  • Arrive early.
  • Welcome, Your Students.
  • Get to Know Each Other. Do some fun ice-breaking activities to put everyone at ease.
  • Establish Rules and Routines.
  • Reinforce Positive Behavior.

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