Tips for getting your child ready for Kindergarten

| June 30, 2014


Are you and your child super excited for Kindergarten this fall?

First Things First has a great list of steps you can take over the next few weeks to make the transition easier for your child.  Ideas like:

  • 8 weeks before: Read to your child at least 30 minutes per day. Most libraries have books appropriate for young children. When reading a story, ask your child, “What happens next?” and wait for the answer.
  • 6 weeks before: Make sure your child gets enough rest – eight hours a night is preferred.
  • 4 weeks before: Start talking to your child about the change that is coming when they start school. Be positive, and give your child the opportunity to ask questions or express fears. Read books with your child about starting kindergarten.
  • 2 weeks before: Talk with your child about what to expect during a typical school day. This includes lunches, snacks, and bathroom breaks. The more you speak with your child about the details, the less anxiety he or she is likely to experience on that first day of class.
  • 1 week before: Prior to that first day; meet the teachers, greet them and introduce your child. Be sure to express your appreciation for their hard work. If your child’s school has a kindergarten open- house, attend as a family.
  • On the big day: Give your child a family picture of you to keep in their pocket or backpack, and reassure them about what time you will be back to pick them up. Spend extra time on the first day of school, but do not “drag out” saying goodbye. Send them off with a reassuring hug and kiss!

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