Helping Kids Enjoy the School Bus

4 Tips for Bus Drivers

With school starting back, there are a lot of little ones that aren’t happy about having to ride the bus to and from school each day. It’s a little scary, there are those bigger kids who are mean, it can be excessively loud and overstimulating. As the bus driver, is there anything you can do to get the kids excited about being on the bus? There are several opportunities you can try to improve kids’ enjoyment of their ride to and from school every day.

Tip #1: Play Fun Music

Look for music that the kids will recognize, dance to, and enjoy. Disney songs, songs from kids’ television shows, and other music that kids already hear throughout the day will help increase their excitement and make them more likely to enjoy the ride. Make sure to keep music kid friendly and appropriate since you are a representation of the school.

Tip #2: Assign Seating

If you don’t have problems on your bus, you don’t have to be rigid about the seating. Even if things are going smoothly, consider keeping the littlest ones at the front of the bus, where they’ll be close to you. This will allow you to get a head start on preventing any possible problems.

Tip #3: Develop a Relationship

Take the time to develop a relationship with your youngest riders, especially the ones that are looking a little nervous. Try a special handshake that will make them giggle when they first get on the bus. Ask about their days as they clamber on when the day is over. When the kids know you care about them, they’ll be less afraid of the bus and more likely to look forward to it.

Tip #4: Set Your Rules Early

As a bus driver, it would be ideal if you could simply let the kids climb on and take them to their destinations without having to worry about specific rules. Unfortunately, that can quickly backfire–and setting rules later is a lot harder than setting them from the beginning. Set your rules early and let the kids know that you’re going to stick to them to prevent bullying and other bad behavior on the bus.


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