Transitioning to Kindergarten
Sending your little one to Kindergarten is a big step. Somehow this child – who still feels like your baby – is going to start school, and is getting ready for the change.
- It’s very common to feel nervous before your child starts school
- Do your best to remain calm and upbeat around your son or daughter – your positive attitude toward the next step will be contagious.
- Talk with your child about your “first day” memories.
- Research your options, such as half or full-day kindergarten, and decide what works best for your child and your family.
PREPARING YOUR CHILD
As parents, we are our children’s first teachers. Preparing your child for school can happen every day, in many ways:
- Set aside time to read with your child each day. Not only is it wonderful together time, it also sets your child up for success in school.
- Take extra care to talk with your child and listen to him tell stories.
- Sing fun songs, and even make up little dances to go along with the lyrics.
- Help your child practice skills such as cutting with safety scissors, buttoning/zipping her coat, and cleaning up after himself.
- You can also prepare your child for school socially and emotionally by setting up play dates with kids that may be in his class.