Are you sending off a little one to kindergarten this fall like me? I’ve been thinking about it for a while now with mixed emotions and so has my son!
Today, I’ve got a super roundup of fantastic posts from moms who’ve been there (many of whom are actually teachers too). I’ve organized posts into those things that you can do to prepare your child, things you can do to prepare yourself, and advice and ideas for the first day.
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Preparing Your CHILD for Kindergarten
Before you start reading these posts, please remember that kids start school at different ages depending on where they live.
There’s a huge gap between here in Ontario, Canada where my son will start Junior Kindergarten on his 4th birthday, and other countries which might start at age 5 or even close to 6!
When I met the kindergarten teachers at my son’s school at a meet and greet night, they said they’d be happy if our kids could:
- Open their own lunch containers,
- Put on their own coats and shoes,
- Be as independent as possible in the bathroom, and
- Be able to talk about their feelings.
So – I bought some easy to twist-off lunch containers which we’ve been using for snacks and picnics for the last few months (check off #1!).
We’re still working on putting on shoes without squishing the back flat (we might have to buy some slip ons for the fall- yikes!).
Bathroom’s going well – thank goodness!
Other Awesome Posts With Tips for Preparing the Kids
Ready for Kindergarten?: A Kid’s Perspective | Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Getting Ready for School Top Tips | The Mud Kitchen
Tips to Prepare Your Child for School | Mosswood Connections
Skill Building Activities for Kids Heading to KG | Get Ready to Read
10 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before KG | Play to Learn Preschool
11 Tips for Preparing Kids for Starting School | East Coast Mommy
Starting School for Children on the Autistic Spectrum | In The Playroom
Top Tips for Starting School From a Teacher-Parent | The Imagination Tree
7 Activities We Do Every Day to Prepare for Kindergarten | Teaching Mama
What Does My Child Need to Know Before Kindergarten? | Raising Little Super Heroes
12 Tips for Easing Separation Anxiety | Childhood 101
6 Tips for Starting Kindergarten | Simple Kids
Preparing YOURSELF for Kindergarten
My Tips for Preparing Yourself
Who am I kidding? I have NO idea how to prepare myself – that’s why I did this roundup to get lots of great ideas from moms who have been there! That being said, a friend gave me a great idea that I think will help a lot this fall.
Because Onetime will be heading off to KG at the same time that I’ll be returning to teaching full-time, I’m a little worried about how the drastic change is going to affect my stress levels – and my son’s!
Here’s the great idea (thanks Sofia!): we are going to send Onetime to full-time daycare the week before school starts so that he can adjust to the new routines, and so that I can adjust before the big official “first day” where I’ll be back to work and he’ll be at school.
(Note: Onetime is already at daycare 2 full days a week now and the daycare is going to be providing before and after school care for him during the school year – so this makes sense for us.)
For other general back to school tips from a teacher’s point of view, read my First Week Back to School: 5 Things Teachers Want Parents to Know.
And if you’re sending off a child with severe food allergies – please read my How to Keep Your Allergic Child Safe at School: Questions to Ask and 5 Ways to Prepare an Allergic Child for School (both posts include printables that will help keep your kids safe!)
Other Great Tips for Preparing Yourself
12 Things Your Child’s Kindergarten Teacher Will Tell You | Makeovers and Motherhood
Parents – This One’s For You | Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
On the First Day
I’m really kind of dreading that first “real” day that my son goes to school (thank goodness it won’t be MY first day back at least.)
Why? Not really for sentimental reasons, but more because I know that I won’t be actually walking him to school, or picking him up there. The before and after-care workers will be doing that part. Ahhh, the mommy guilt – does it ever end?
Even after 4 years of being at home with him full-time, I still feel sad that I’ll miss that special drop off….
I found all these tips and ideas helpful: Separation Anxiety and Coping with Tears| The Mud Kitchen The First Day of Kindergarten: A Mom’s Survival Guide | ElemenoP Kids Lunchbox Love Notes Printable | Makeovers and Motherhood Back to School Letter | Growing Book by Book 10 Creative Photo Ideas for the First Day of School | iVillage.ca
How are you feeling about “Back to School” this year? Do you have any great tips to share or are you feeling a little anxious like me? Please leave me a comment below