An old Chinese proverb states that, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one small step. And for all the kids starting school this fall, this couldn't be more true. If you have a new kindergartner at home, you're just DAYS away from leaving the 'baby' phase behind.
Madison (far right) has a pink and black book bag with peace signs all over it, a Justin Beiber lunch box,
and red, white & blue school uniforms...she is ready for Kindergarten on Thursday.
The key to making this transition as smooth as possible are two things, communication and preparation.
Oftentimes children will have concerns, but won't verbalize them. Bringing it up to them will allow them to feel that there is a safety zone, and that any worried feelings are totally fine.
- Briefly explain what they will be doing. Pointing out the positives like making friends, painting, learning new things, and, having a teacher, are great ways to get them excited. Eventually, this will allow them to accept the school year confidently.
- Farewell fears. Many parents like to tip-toe out of the classroom in the hopes that their child won't notice. The fear of you leaving, however, can scare them even more. Explain prior to entering the class what to expect and that there will come a time when you will part. This way, it won't be such a shock when it happens.
Every child reacts to their first day differently, and arriving at class well in advance will assist this transition. The first two weeks might not go as planned, but that's to be expected. In time, your child will understand the routine and embrace it. A little time and patience will go a long way.
Michelle Macon, Program Coordinator
New Kindergarten Mom