Starting school for the very first time can be an exciting and, at the same time, very traumatizing experience for your preschooler. This period of adjustment comes at a time that your child is also testing boundaries of his actions and his new sense of independence. As a result, his behavior may not exactly be exemplary and may even be disruptive to his other classmates. Here are five signs your child may be having problems in school, and what you can do to help address these.
1. Tantrums Tantrums typically manifest during a child’s toddler years. They are his way of expressing frustration over things that he cannot control. The manifestations vary, from lying on the floor kicking and screaming, to bawling. Being used to daily routines, they might get overwhelmed, frightened or confused when certain things don’t go the way they are accustomed to.
Preschool, in particular, is a large shift from the way little kids live their everyday lives. It requires them to pay attention, to socialize, and to be obedient to their teachers. When told to do something they don’t want to do, a child will throw a tantrum to test an adult’s patience.
What parents and educators can do is to try to determine the cause of the tantrums and observe its patterns. Keep calm and show the child that you understand what he’s feeling, and that you are willing to help. Let him enjoy a sense of independence; let him have an active participation in helping him deal with his problem and give him time to process his emotions.