15th August 2017
15th August 2017
Entering kindergarten can be an exciting and anxious time for both parents and children. Feelings of despair, concerns about your child’s readiness for the classes and fear of the unknown can make this transition painful even though they have endured a full year of Kindergarten (UKG). Your child is growing up and the pressured are slowly starting to build. However, this time is a great learning opportunity for parents and children as you embark on this new adventure together.
In today’s life the demands that modern-day living placed upon the family often push careful consideration of the young child’s early educational experiences onto the back burner. Parents and teachers need to get to know each child individually so as to correctly assess needs, skills, interests, and learning styles so that they can provide the optimum learning environment. It is also important to know that it is not possible for a single teacher to cater to each child individually. Any other support systems online can also help.
Here are ten tips to help you, your child to make the journey into UKG a little bit smoother and fun.
About a month before Kindergarten (UKG) starts, change your daily routine to fit the school day schedule. Have your little child get up earlier for school time, eat lunch later and spend some time doing fun rhymes, projects or activities together that will help get them in learning mode, ready for school. Get them used to a school routine and tell them this is what will happen when school starts.
Children come into UKG with a wide variety (and various levels) of skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, this is not standardized as it should be. Don’t worry too much about where your child is. Look for alternative ways to give your child the readiness skills in online systems. Be confident they will gain the skills they need.
If you’re feeling anxious about your child going to school, try not to show it in front of them. Cheer them on and tell them its great. They’ll be much more comfortable if they feel you are comfortable when you drop them off at school.
Don’t stand around on the first day of the class near the class. Come in and see the classroom, greet the teacher, help your child find something to do, give a quick hug and tell them to have an awesome day. If possible, introduce them to another child, have them play and then leave. Even if your child is crying, they will adjust better after you have left, and the teacher is used to first day tears at the beginning of the school year.
If you have a question, don’t approach the teacher during the madness of the drop off time in the morning. Send in a note or leave a phone message mentioning your reason for contacting them and let them know that you would like to meet with them to discuss it at a convenient time.
Read all the notes and newsletters that come home from your child’s teacher and the school as soon as you receive them. Keep a folder with important information about upcoming events, dates, and notices so that all of that info is easily accessible. That way, if you have a question, you can start there.
Want to talk to your child about what they have been doing in school? To help ask questions your child can answer, ask the teacher for a copy of the weekly schedule, and keep up with the teacher’s newsletters about what has been taught. That way, you can ask questions that are specific. For example, “What did you make in art class today?” or “What did you learn about bees today?”.
One of the most exciting parts about kindergarten the new adventure of learning to read. The most important “homework” you can do to help prepare your child for this crucial, life-long skill is to read with him for 20-30 minutes every day. You can read books, do fun reading activities together, and even simply practice reading the words that surround you (on cereal boxes, at the grocery store, on street signs, etc).
If your child is having difficulty with another child in the classroom, talk it over with the teacher before another confronting concerned parent. She knows both children and understands their classroom dynamic and may have a solution or insight.
If possible, volunteer to help in the classroom. You can also ask the teacher if there’s anything you can do at home to help. When you’re involved at school, you’re showing your child and the teacher that their education is important to you!
Come to Parent-Teacher meetings with questions you’ve written down ahead of time. If the teacher has specific concerns, ask for suggestions of things you can do at home to help your child with problem areas. Don’t get defensive and don’t fret about grades in kindergarten. Use grades and evaluations as guides for feedback on which areas to work on at home. Remember, you need to give a solid foundation in Kindergarten (UKG) before class1. If necessary, look for wholesome digital learning environments to help your child.
What’s most important about this crucial time is to ensure the child is learning and enjoying the process. Help your child make learning fun by tapping into their curiosity.
Most children do very well during the adjustment to UKG. Approach the year with excitement and your child is likely to follow your lead.
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