Choosing a school for children close to home has many advantages. You don’t need to get up early to jam on the road to get your child to go to school so it’s not too late. You also don’t need to spend too much for transportation costs. When a child is getting used to his school routine, you can train your child to go to school on his own by cycling or on foot! How to? Don’t worry, see the following guidelines.
When is the child allowed to go to school alone?
Many parents who have “willingly” let go of their children go to school themselves in the second grade of elementary school. Whether it’s walking , riding a bicycle , riding a motorcycle taxi, or riding a school bus. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) suggests that at that age children cannot handle emergencies or unexpected situations. He will be prepared to mentally deal with the situation usually at the age of 9 to 11 years, that is in grade 3 or grade 5 elementary school.
As a parent who is always by his side, you will certainly know when is the right time to go to school by yourself. Especially, when he began to be careful and pay attention to his surroundings. However, if the child easily forgets to look around when crossing, this indicates that the child is not ready enough. That means you have to wait until he is ready.
Tips for training children to go to school on their own
At first you really need to accompany your child to go to school. However, you also need to train your child’s courage and independence to go alone to school .
For children, going to school alone requires skills and this needs to be trained. During practice, there are several things that need to be taught to children, such as:
- Pay attention to traffic signs every day when crossing the road. Children must understand the rules for pedestrians, for example crossing when the signs are red, walking on the sidewalk, not playing cellphones or anything else that disturbs concentration when crossing.
- Don’t cross anywhere or joke with friends when crossing. If you need to show a sign by hand when crossing.
- Always look right and left before crossing the street.
- Do not accept any invitation or object from an unknown person. If there are strangers trying to make a physical approach by force, ask the child to shout for help.
- If you get lost, teach the child to ask other people around him to show the right direction.
- Choose a safe route to go through. Don’t choose a road that is too crowded or too quiet.
- If the child uses a bicycle to go to school, make sure if the bicycle brake works properly. Also, prepare cycling equipment, such as bicycle helmets, bicycle locks, or knee pads if needed.
- If the child must take public transportation, such as transportation, ask the child to sit quietly. Make sure he knows which transportation to ride, if necessary, ask the driver first.
- The child must be able to memorize the home address properly and the telephone number that can be contacted. This helped him when he lost his way home.