How to Transition your child to kindergarten
Kindergarten can be a great time for many. Your baby is in school! They are probably just as excited- and nervous- as you are. It’s a lot to take in, and they will be starting out on a whole new part of their lives, as will you. Help your child transition to school with these great and helpful tips.
Talk to your kids about school
Sometimes all it takes is a bit of talking and listening to have your kids ready for school. Talk to them about being able to make new friends, learn and do new things, and all the things the year will entail for them. If there are any anxieties about starting a new school year, address them early on. The more your kids feel mentally prepared for school, the better off they will be.
Ask yourself Are they ready for school?
There are many online sites that help you test your child’s academic skills. Take advantage of these and get your child up-to-date for school. Start addressing any weaknesses you see before school begins so that your child isn’t behind his or her peers and has the confidence to excel in school.
Set a schedule
The old schedule bit- it’s an old tip, but it works and for good reason. Schools operate on a schedule and the more your kids start getting into the habit of sticking to one the better off they will be in class. Get them ready for school with a simple routine that wakes them up around the time they need to wake for school and keep them busy throughout the day with tasks.
Set up a rewards system
Have your kids may a reward chart with you so that they can know what behaviors will be expected of them during the year, and what rewards they will receive for living up to those expectations. For example, if they must do homework each night, make a homework clipboard (let kids decorate it) and then set up a system where they get a star each time they finish homework and place it on the clip board for you to check. At the end of the week, they can get a treat (specified ahead of time) if they have at least 4 out 5 days showing stars (or 5 out of 5, if you choose). This will get them excited about school and the rewards they will receive during the week.
Transitioning to school is not an easy thing. But it’s our job as parents to make it as easy as possible on them. They need plenty of rest, a good breakfast and then starting school should be a fun time for them. Get involved as a family and make a cake for the one who’s off to kindergarten and let them enjoy that milestone.