As a parent, you naturally want your child to be well prepared for the first year. And your group of 8-ers is also busy transitioning from base to bridge. Just to stay in pre-freshman terms.

But you may still need to take some steps to make the transition from base to bridge smooth.

Confused about what you need to do to properly prepare your child (and yourself) for high school? So read on, because we are happy to help you with this blog.

from the base to the bridge, your group 8 will be in first year!

From base to deck; it comes into play

In this blog, we will discuss a piece of practice and a piece of ‘mind’. As far as we are concerned, both are part of the preparation from primary school to first grade.

Practically, you have to be ready. You can organize the following questions in advance, other things you will hear through the school where your child eventually goes.

However, from base to bridge is also a mental step. The students in group 8 feel very big, but will suddenly become “the smallest in the school” again. You can also prepare for it.

1. Choose the right school

There are many choices when it comes to secondary schools. Each school is unique and has its own charm.

Maybe there aren’t many choices in your area, or your future freshman already knows which school is right for them. Otherwise, it is important that you visit the schools regularly.

Open days are very helpful in this respect. Do not underestimate the usefulness of discovery days either, it can be very instructive for your child. Our youngest made her choice from primary to gateway depending on the initiation days.

Research, rate and read about the experiences of other students and parents. This way you can make an informed decision.

high school backpacks

2. Choose a good school bag from base to deck

Many children walk through the halls of the school in first grade with school bags on their backs.

This is why it is very important that the young student has a correct copy. Did you know that there is no official maximum weight for a school bag? Weird, because sometimes I see what to wear on your back…

Occupational therapists have set a recommended weight, which is 10% of seventh grade weight. Unfortunately, many schools do not take this into account. It’s a shame, because a backpack that’s too heavy can Back ache cause.

In any case, it’s a typical complaint for students who go from base to bridge.

3. Get a good phone

Maybe you procrastinated all this time and succeeded. But now that the transition from base to deck is a fact, you can’t get out of it. The phone.

Many children receive their first mobile phone when they enter secondary education. This is not surprising, because this is the time when children start to become a little more independent.

In most cases, they are expected to cycle to school independently, even when school is no longer around the corner. But what if they have a puncture along the way or if there are other problems? Additionally, grades and all assignments are kept up to date via Magister. A good phone is therefore really essential.

So it’s so nice that they can reach someone. When you give a new phone to a child, it is a good idea to orient yourself on smartphone cases. Which shell is right for your child?

4. Alternative to notebooks: the notepad

In many schools, children are expected to take notes the old-fashioned way. The system in which a child has a different notebook for each subject is always practical and classic.

However, some children are a little more chaotic and practically use the same script for different subjects in the first year of secondary school. Not because it’s more convenient, but because they forgot the correct handwriting, for example.

An alternative to many different notebooks is to buy a large block of courses as they move from basic to bridge. For example, all the notes for the different subjects are grouped together in one notebook.

Do you recognize forgetful behavior and are you afraid that your child often leaves the notebook at home? Introduce this idea to your child… It never hurts to try it.

5. Don’t buy a calendar yet!

A school diary is great, but your first-grader probably won’t use it yet. Many schools work with their own curriculum.

They do this because they have their own system to teach your child to learn smarter and to avoid differences between first graders (who has the nicer one).

Make the transition from base to bridge negotiable with your child

Maybe your child isn’t very talkative and doesn’t notice the transition from primary to first grade. Then you have no idea how much tension your child really has about this.

But I dare to tell you on a note that this tension is there. Even if your child is very excited to go to first grade, it’s still exciting.

In primary school, your child is the oldest, and now suddenly the youngest again. Prepare them for the transition from base to bridge by talking about it regularly.

  • for example, let them know that they are the youngest again
  • make it clear that they will no doubt be called bridge beepers or shorts by the upper classes

It’s fine, but if they hear about it sooner, they can mentally prepare for it too.



Hello, welcome to the MamsatWork lifestyle blog. I’m Joyce, a content creator and internet entrepreneur, married and mother of a teenage boy and a teenage girl.

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