Every child is different. You’ll see some children at the bus stop eager and excited while others cling to their parents and cry that they don’t wanna go. As a parent there are things we can do to encourage a positive start to kindergarten.
Talk About It Like the Positive Experience It Is: Your child will have a lot of new and positive experiences starting Kindergarten. Perhaps riding a school bus for the first time, making new friends, learning and singing songs, even eating lunch at school can be something to look forward to for your child. Kindergarten is a place to learn in a fun environment.
Do Attend Orientation or Schedule a Visit to the School Beforehand – If your child’s school offers an orientation for Kindergarten, I highly recommend it. This is not just for your child but for you. Meeting the teacher, seeing the classroom, seeing what is available in the classroom, being shown around the school. All of these things can help ease anxiety for both you and your child. Things are less scary when you have an idea of what to expect. If they don’t have orientation or you’re not able to make it that day call the school to find out if you can schedule a time to bring your child to the school.
Talk With Other Parents – Parents that have been there can offer helpful advice on things they found helpful for school, things your child might need, or maybe their child is going to be in the same class as yours. Go to the bus stop early the first few days. Let your child interact with other kids. You can get to know other parents.
Take Opinions With a Grain of Salt – You might here things like this teacher is not very nice or my child really didn’t like this class, etc. Everyone is different, personalities are different, interests are different. Just because their child didn’t like something doesn’t mean your child won’t.
Allow Your Child To Have A Say in Their Back To School Clothing and Materials – Sometimes there’s not a whole lot of choices. Allowing them to pick the red notebook over the yellow one because they like the color can be a simple thing to get them involved in their back to school choices. Allow them to pick their clothes and express themselves (with some guidance from mom and dad if there are dress code rules).
I know it’s hard, mom and dad. Try not to cry. The first day of Kindergarten is the start of many more years of learning and growing. Try not to think of it like they’re growing too fast. Try to think of it as they are continuing to grow, learn, and experience. They’ll always be your baby, even when they’re 45.
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