Keep Kindergarten Stress Free

Kid playing with blocks

If you have a little one starting in kindergarten this fall, there are probably a lot of nerves right now for both your child and you!

The thought of being in school for several hours every day can be overwhelming for a young child and for mom. Here are a few tips to help both you and your child navigate this transition successfully.

  • Talk to your school: Many schools provide resources for families with children attending kindergarten. These may be provided at information nights, sent home through the mail or posted on the school or board website.
  • Listen and talk to your child about what kindergarten will be like. Express excitement and enthusiasm so that your child will look forward to school.
  • Arrange for your child to spend some time with relatives or close family friends. This often helps children develop a growing sense of independence and capacities for communicating needs with other adults. It also gives you a chance to see how your child reacts when you are not there.
  • Set up playdates. It is important to maintain social skills over the summer months for all children, regardless of preschool experiences. Setting up playdates with children who will attend the same school can help your child establish early friendships.
  • Invite your child to take a special item from home (e.g., stuffed toy to provide comfort) if necessary.
  • Arrive early and walk around the school and playground to help orient your child. If your child will be taking the bus, perhaps visit the school a few days in advance.
  • Remain cheerful and let your child know who will be there to pick them up at the end of the school day.
  • Remind them about the exciting new things they will learn and take some time to greet or talk to the educators together.
  • Make learning a regular part of your activities at home (e.g., talking with your child about the world around them, playing games together, cooking together).
  • Talk to your child's educators about other ways you can support your child at home every day.
  • Ask your child specific questions about what they learned or did during the day. For example: What areas did you learn in today (e.g., blocks, sand, water, library, dramatic play)? What did you do there?
  • Show an interest in your child's learning - ask your child about their school day and make school and learning an important part of family conversation.
  • Attend information meetings and other events organized for parents and families

Speak to your child's educators if you have any questions or concerns about your child's school experience. Your involvement in your child's learning is important at every stage of their education.

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