Bee is going into kindergarten this September and I’m not sure what to expect. I’m hoping everything will go smoothly after all my daughter enjoys daycare and makes friends easily, so it should be no problem right? Haha, not likely. I know there will be tears, likely from both of us. New school, new people. The only thing I can do is prepare her by making her a little more independent.
The teachers at my daughters new school have already told me that they follow the philosophy “Ask three then ask me” which means: ask three of your peers and if you still need help the teacher will step in. Very different then her daycare where the adults help put shoes and sunscreen on. This has made me aware of all the little things my daughter needs help with that she could be capable of doing on her own if she’s just shown how.
With that said, lets take a look at these small changes you can make at home this summer to prepare your child for kindergarten.
5 Tips on Getting Your Child Kindergarten Ready
Shoes:It goes without saying that unless your chile can manage shoe laces sending easy to put on shoes is best. Velcro or elastic style laces work well. As far as getting them on the right foot, well I put two circles on Bee’s shoes with permanent marker. Just place one circle on each shoe where their big toes are, so when they put their shoes on they know that the polka-dots need to match up. She has not put her shoes on the wrong foot since!
Label Lunch Containers: A lot of the new students don’t know which order to eat the contents of their lunch bag and will therefor eat their afternoon snack at lunch time. The solution: place a letter or number on each container so they know which one to use first. For example morning snack #1, lunch #2 and afternoon snack #3. Also, buy easy to open containers or have your child practice opening them (see the next tip).
Practice using Lunch Bag: Something that never occurred to me until I went to the kindergarten information session was teaching my daughter how to use her lunch box. The daycare she attends brings her lunch and snacks to her so I’ve never had to pack a lunch. We are now practicing how to open her lunch containers as well as using her lunch bag like they would in school. From morning snack right through to afternoon snack. This way when school starts she will know how to open the lunch containers as well as which snack to eat and when. Also, consider timing your child, mine is a slow eater which she will have to remedy for school.
Time Away: If you were able to stay home with your child until now and they haven’t spent a lot of time with other adults or children you may want to set up a few play dates in which you are not present. Going to school full time will be a big change for them.
Wean Nap Time:This may or may not be successful, or you might not be interested in breaking your child’s need for a nap, however know that most kindergarten classes do not have a nap or quiet time during the day. So, if your child is very tired and still naps they may find themselves falling asleep in a reading area or even the floor.
I hope these tips are helpful…they’ve helped Bee a lot, she has said that she is ready for “big girl school”, if only I was too. Anyone have any tips for the mom who’s eldest is starting JK?