- Make it an exciting thing, as hard as it is for parents to let our little ones go it is a fun new thing for them and our worry/stress/sadness can make it a harder transition for them.
- There are lots of starting school and starting kindergarten picture books out there to help out with this. The kissing hand is a favorite from the mommy perspective, but there are fun and silly books too.
- Visit the classroom. Most schools had some kind of open house for k back in the spring but you can always phone the school in the last week of august and arrange to have a tour or quick classroom visit to ease uncertainty.
- On the day of you can send along a family picture, stuffed animal or other special item in case they want something familiar.
- Notes and special snacks are nice too.
- Make the school goodbye happy and don't linger. Even if there are some tears from kids 99% of the time they stop as soon as they get involved in what the other kids are doing.
- Have a fun activity or special dinner planned for that day to celebrate their first day of school, yay!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
How to Handle the Big Day: Kindergarten!
So it's your child's big day! They are starting kindergarten. And let's face it. You are probably more freaked out then they are. It's a new phase it their life and they may not quite get what kindergarten is all about.
We are lucky to have a few teachers as momstown members. So I asked them what tips and advice could they pass along to our fellow moms and dads that have a little one starting kindergarten this fall.
So here it is. Tips from a members who is a local Kindergarten teacher. She has seen it all on the first day.
Thanks Jacqueline for your wonderful tips on dealing with the first day of kindergarten.