Twelve Ways to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten!

posted Aug 22, 2016, 8:24 AM by Patty Gelbrich   [ updated Aug 27, 2016, 4:48 PM ]
That time is almost here!  What can you do to help your child start kindergarten?  Here are a few tips...

  1. Play at home!  Use dolls, animals or puppets and have your "actors" experience a transition to a new place.  Don't forget to act out those great coping strategies.  "Mr. Bear feels scared.  What can he do?  I know, he could talk with his teacher about his feelings."
  2. Talk about starting school in a positive way!  Try not to let your anxiety show.
  3. Visit the school.  Take pictures of the playground, or the front entrance to the school.  Maybe put those pictures into a book.
  4. Do you remember how you felt when you first started school?  Share those feelings with your child, and how you got through it.
  5. Ask your child's older siblings to talk about how they felt starting school.
  6. Remind your child "it's okay to be afraid, but you'll feel better each day that you are there.  Lots of kids feel the same way you do."  Be reassuring.
  7. Give your child time to talk.  
  8. With your child, write a story about his or her first day of kindergarten.
  9. Read books to your child about starting kindergarten.  There are many great books out there!  (The Night Before Kindergarten; Miss Kindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten; Kindergarten Rocks!; Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!; I Am Too Absolutely Small for School)
  10. Get your child on a good sleep schedule.  Your child needs about 8-10 hours of sleep every night.
  11. Plan healthy lunches and snacks.
  12. Plan activities and downtime after school.  Sports and activities can be a great idea, but be sure to have downtime every day too.
Enjoy this milestone year and be your child's cheerleader as they launch into the school year!