The first day of kindergarten is a big step for young ones and their parents. While they may be excited about their first day of “big kid’s school,” they – and you – may also be nervous about the change. Longer days, a demanding curriculum and time spent away from you are challenges your little one has to face. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is more nervous.
How to Start Preparing Them
Preparing for this significant event during the last few weeks of summer can make the transition easier. If you plan, the day will be one to remember for all the right reasons. This means helping your child practice new routines and get them ready for longer days and more responsibility.
The Kindergarten Difference
It’s important to understand that young children are accustomed to relying on their parents or primary caregivers as a source of security.
Even if your child has been in daycare full time, kindergarten provides new challenges and experiences. These include increased social demands and interaction with their peers, organized learning activities as well as dealing with older kids on the playground and in the bathroom and hallways. The adjustment can be huge for you both.
Because we know you are GR8 parents and want your child to be ready for whatever comes their way, we’ve put together some tips on getting them, and you, ready for the big day.