Tips for a great Kindergarten start

Author: Little People's Bedroom   Date Posted:30 January 2016 

Is your child starting kindergarten this year?

Here are a few experts tips to ensure your child (and yourself) will be ready for that exciting time!

The first day of kindergarten is an emotional moment for parents, who can’t believe their child is growing up so fast. For the child, however, it doesn’t have to be a time for tears. Here are a few tips from experts in the teaching field to ensure a smooth transition:


  1. Allow your child to become familiar with his school by driving past it as often as you can during the summer.
  2. If the school is opened during the summer, go visit it, even if your child had a tour on registration day, just so she gets more comfortable with the area. Most schools are staffed during the summer by the principal, assistant principals, and other administrators.
  3. Talk about the school! Bring it up in conversations at home as much as possible. Talk about the fun things your child will get to do. Don’t express regret that he’s starting school. Make sure he views it as a positive step.
  4. Make shopping for school supplies a fun experience. Take your child with you! Let your child make some choices about the color of her backpack or the type of pencil case.
  5. Start the school bedtime routine before school starts. Scale back gradually, having your child go to bed just five or 10 minutes earlier each night.
  6. Attend every open class and meet the teacher as often as possible. Become an involved parent by joining the school's Parents Association.
  7. Prepare yourself: “You are going to cry”! “Be strong and don’t cry in front of your child. Hold the tears until you’re in your car.”   :-)
  8. Do arts-and-crafts projects with your child during the summer. He’ll get more comfortable using scissors, markers, and other supplies he’ll get to use in kindy.
  9. Talk to your school’s principal about their philosophy of kindergarten and kindergarten readiness. Some educators believe in making kindergarten more play-oriented, like preschool, while others believe it’s time for kids to sit at desks like 1st graders. Understanding your school leader’s philosophy will help you understand what your child is learning and why.
  10. Be prepared for a wide range of kids in your child’s class. Some don’t know their last name and others are almost reading. Don’t make it a competition. Development at this age varies from child to child. By year 3, most kids will be at the same level, but younger kids need to be allowed to grow at their own pace.
  11. Over the summer, work with your child on problem-solving. Some kids are very good with flash cards but unable to think for themselves when a problem arises. 

It's important to take the time to familiarise your child with school and to educate yourself on what modern kindy is all about. This will go a long way toward guaranteeing a smooth transition!



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