Looking for tips & advice. Long post. Sorry.
2 yrs ago we moved to a diff state. Ds1 was 4 and started kindy/preschool. Did not cry not once. Last year he was in pre primary at the same school and he loved it. Admittedly pre primary was a lot like an extension of kindy so he loved it. They learnt about 50-60 sight words and he knew 99% of them. He was about average at school.
This year I & the kids have moved back to our old home. So ds1 is now 6, new state, new school, DH is still interstate, I have gone back to Full time work. We live with my mum and she looks after the kids - which all the kids love (part of the reason we moved back was because all the kids missed nanna).
So, new school in year 1. Larger school. Different morning routine at school compared to last year.
Ds is happy when we drive to school, ok in the playground b4 the bell rings, but as soon as the bell sounds, he starts to cry and doesn't want to line up for class.
The teacher usually helps him, gives him a cuddle, holds his hand and leads him to class. She says he settles down soon after.
He is always happy at pick up after school.
I don't know what to do.
I know it's a big change for him, I know he misses his kiddy mates, and probably this big schools is overwhelming and mum and dad aren't around. But none of that helps me know what to do to help him.
When I ask him if all is ok, he says he likes it and that he's playing with some boys. I also know that he's probably behind in his knowledge because the new school did approx 160 sight words last year and he only did 60. But he's not a d0pey kid so I know with help he'll be able to catch up.
What do I do?
I have written to the teacher but as yet haven't got a response.