Kindergarten is a big change for kids. For many, it’s their first experience in a structured school setting. If your child has issues with things like sitting still, following directions and holding a pencil, it can be extra stressful. Here are simple steps to make the transition easier.
If the school has a welcome session before summer, go with your child. You can both meet the principal, teachers and other families in advance.
Work on skills.
Over the summer, practice activities she’ll be doing in class. That includes coloring, forming letters and cutting out shapes. Work on following directions.
Introduce new friends
Set up playdates with kids who’ll be in your child’s class. Try to branch out beyond kids she already knows from preschool or the neighborhood.
Check your own emotions.
You may have concerns, but try not to let your own feelings about her starting school show. Focus on listening and encouraging her.
Prepare for Day 1.
Let your child know what to expect. Talk to her about how she’ll get to school, and whether you’ll walk her to her classroom.
Ask about her day.
Ask what she did and how it went. If she says she doesn’t like school, reassure her that it will become more familiar soon.
Stay in the loop.
Check your child’s backpack daily for information on classroom routines and events. Talk about them together. Starting kindergarten is a huge step and she’ll appreciate your support.