My daughter will be starting kindergarten this year....

Rachel - posted on 06/01/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Kaylie will start Kindergarten in August....any advice for making the first day go smoothly for both of us?

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Angie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Get her psyched for kindergarten - go on an "all day" shopping trip for clothes, backpack, school supplies, etc. Talk a lot about what it will be like on the first day of school, "how exciting, you will be making lots of new friends" "On the first day of school I'll give you a big hug and kiss in our car. I'll take you into your classroom and then you will get to stay with your friends and teacher while I ___________(go to work, go home and clean house)" Then do that. As long as she sees that your are confident with her teacher by leaving her quickly she will also be confident. It may take time for her to adjust but try to never linger at the door of her classroom or allow her to keep you in her classroom. Good luck, what an exciting day for your family.

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Cristy - posted on 06/30/2010

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well before the first day of school you should set up a time for the 2 of you to go see her teacher & the class room...this way the child isnt so scared trying to find there class on the first day & she will know her teacher. I took my kids in on the first day of school also. Make sure u have everything she needs before hand & help her practice her letters, #s, shapes,& colors..ect. so sh e isnt behind that way. Mostly if u are comfortable she will be....

Ann - posted on 06/30/2010

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My daughter just finished Kindergarden, We made many trips to the school ground over the summer to play and hang out. We peeked in windows and got her excited about going. We even met other kids from different grades playing at the school. this helped her not to be afraid of the unknowen or the big kids. Good luck I hope this helps you out.

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We made play dates with a girl who would be on the same bus even though they were not going to the same class. We also toured his classroom in August the teachers are often in there rooms setting up. I suggest the books "Miss Bindergaten Gits ready for Kindergarten"and "First day horay"

Tena - posted on 06/30/2010

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Karen thanks for mentioning www.starfall.com. That site was recommended by my son's teacher. They would use some of the printables for their bellwork along with the Dolch sight words.

What my son's school did was have a breakfast for the parents and kids (just donuts, juice, milk) and go over everything for the year. Kinda like an orientation. My son didn't have any issues with the first day as he had been in daycare since he was 2 and he's not my first. We showed him where the school was about 2 weeks before hand and explained to him that was where he would be going alonq with a few of his friends from daycare.

Also try to see if you can get the school supply list and have your daughter help in picking out her supplies and book bag.

As far as for you try not to watch the clock all day. Try to have a girls day out to take you mind off it.

Chrissie - posted on 06/28/2010

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I totally agree with Monica... plan to spend the day with a friend so you don't get overwhelmed by watching the clock :)

Monica - posted on 06/27/2010

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Read the "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn a few times before the big day. Then on the big day, plan something to do for yourself to make the time go faster.

Sylvia - posted on 06/26/2010

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In August? Why?

Anyway, in our school district they have a special "welcome to kindergarten" night for the incoming JK kids in the spring, where the parents and kids come and do activities, meet the JK/SK teachers, and learn about what kinds of things they'll be doing at school in September. At DD's school, when school actually starts, the kids go into the classroom in small groups for short periods for the first couple of days, before they all start going together for the full 3.5 hours (a.m. or p.m.). That seems to help with the transition. Since DH and I both work full-time, DD was also going to be attending the before/after program, and the child care director suggested we move her there from her previous daycare in the last week of August so that she could get used to it and meet some of the kids from her JK/SK class. It went pretty well, I think; of course there were a few after-school meltdowns in the first couple of weeks from the stress of all that new stuff, but she adored her teacher, made new friends, and has loved school pretty much from the beginning :) (She'll be finishing Grade 2 next week.)

If your DD has never been in daycare or preschool before, it's probably a good idea to walk the route from home to school with her a few times to get her used to how you'll be getting there every day, let her play on the playground during the summer so she'll see how much fun it is, read books about starting school, tell her stories about what it was like when you started school, etc.

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When my son was to start kindergarten he was super hesitant about it. He kept telling me how he wasn't going to go, and I kept telling how fun it would be and all the things I could think of to encourage him..finally one day he told me he didn't want to go because he wouldn't be able to go to the bathroom!! It's so funny what they think of!! It's super important to take them to see their class & teacher ahead of time. Most schools do this though. The first day is the hardest, but after that she will love it and want to go :)

Rachel - posted on 06/26/2010

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Thank you all for your advise! I enrolled her in a "jump start" program that they have for the local schools in our area, she will be in class with other kids that will also be starting kindergarten at her school and hopefully it will get us all used to the routine!

Crissy - posted on 06/07/2010

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Definitley get her excited about it, tell her about how much fun you had, and the things you did. My daughter got excited just because I was excited and because she loved my stories from my days in school. Some schools offer a meet the teacher night before school starts, which really helped my daughter. We went she met her teacher and then got to play in some of the centers in her classroom while I talked with the teacher. She also got to meet quite a few of her classmates at this so when the first day came she didn't feel so alone and like she didn't know anybody. Everything will take some adjusting but I promise you it won't take very long. For you I say just thing about all the amazing things you get to look forward to her bringing home.

Jennifer - posted on 06/07/2010

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Don't hang around after you drop her off. Just tell her goodbye and that you'll see her after school and then go. If you hang around she's going to be nervous and think there must be something wrong. It will be a lot harder on you than on her.

When my son was in preschool he cried everyday at drop off and was waiting by the door when i came to pick him up. The next year when I took him to Kindergarten I was so scared for that first day of school. What a difference a year makes! He jumped out of the car without so much as saying goodbye and ran for the Kindergarten playground. He did just fine, but I was a mess. LOL

Kathy - posted on 06/07/2010

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my daughter is going to kindergarten too but i had her in the four years old program this past year. I thought it was going to be so hard the first week or too but when i took her she said by mom and went on her way she saw that there were other kids there that she could play with. She had a wonderful year. I think your daughter will do just fine

Karen - posted on 06/06/2010

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You will want to bring her into the school a few days beforehand to get her familiar with the walk to her classroom, see the room, and possibly meet her new teacher. If there is a student orientation before the first day, don't skip it, bring her in!! Spend some time with her in the classroom and point out all the interesting and exciting things she will be doing (the reading/library corner, etc.) On her first day, stay positive and upbeat, and don't show any apprehension!! Give her a hug & kiss, along with a cheery "I'll see you later, and you can tell me all about your day!!!" We'll be sending our 2nd child to kindergarten in the fall!!

Stephanie - posted on 06/05/2010

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For my son, it was apretty easy transition because he went to preschool 2 years in a row before starting kindergarten, so he was well prepared. He was kinda worn out in the beginning though because he went from half days to full days, but he loves it now.If your daughter went to preschool it shouldn't be to bad for her to transition to kindergarden. Also, take her shopping for all new school clothes and a new backpack before school starts and that will get her excited about it.Good luck!

Karen - posted on 06/04/2010

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Oh and just to warn you...Laura is right. My son loved school this year but the work was what we had trouble with. What you seriously should be looking up is how to make homework fun for her. www.starfall.com is a wonderful website that is a great "booster". It's for ages 3-9 yrs. What was great was he used it in school too. Your school may have it's own websites it can recomend. My son took a test every month to see how much he was learning. He was having fun, but not learning much at all. They pushed him and part of it was that I had no idea he needed to be prepared acidemically. We have to hold him back a yr. because he only picked up on half the stuff he needed to. most important things she will need to know are letter sounds, letter recognition, #'s up to 10 (that means how to count, recognize and put in order). The the best thing to do is to ask the school. Even if it's closed for the summer, the teachers and office staff are still there for at least a month. Then WORK WITH HER as much as you can without pushing her. And MAKE IT FUN. the internet is awesome for ideas on how to make any aspect of learning fun complete with games for offline you can do with her outside and stuff. Good luck to both of you! Very exciting time.

Karen - posted on 06/04/2010

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Be very positive when talking to her about it. Do the shopping trip. Maybe let her pick out an outfit herself (or part of the outfit) and let her wear it the first day. You can go to the school playground anytime to play. Just not during school hours. But since school is coming to the end...Read books about it. Make sure you make the morning of very full of positive, happy conversation. I thought my 5yr. old would be scared. I was all prepared for a big long hug and a big temper tantrum but, he jumped on the bus just as fast as his little legs could get him there and he was gone. It was sooo fast we didn't even get to say goodbye. I felt pretty lonely after that lol. You get used to it fast and once she gets familiar with all the kids she will too. I'm sure she will be fine.

Tamara - posted on 06/04/2010

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My daughter Tamyra just finished her first year of Kindergarten we chose to homeschool her and she loved it. I do agree it is alot different now than most of us went to school. She had to learn to read and write also there was alot of math involved she is adding and subtracting up to the 4's. It will be harder on you than her going to her first day of school. We told her about all the fun things that she was going to get to do and all the trips that she would be going on and now she loves the idea of her classes and can not wait for herr academy days.

Jodi - posted on 06/04/2010

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It's going to be harder on you than it will be on her! I have had 2 go through Kindergarten so far and one started it this year! They both had anxiety over going on the first day and so did I! As soon as they seen other kids they were like by mom :( I cried all the way home and they were fine! It helps to let them know that it's all the other kids first day of school also!

Julie - posted on 06/03/2010

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Laura is so right! My second child just finished Kindergarten and it was a way better year for her then for my oldest child when he was in it, mostly because I was more prepared :)

If she went to pre school, that will help a lot! Talk about it all summer, how much fun it is going to be, all of the new friends she will make, etc.

I am sure she probably already knows all of her ABC's and such but keep it fresh in her mind by working with her this summer. You can "play" school! Start working on phonics, writing her full name, writing all of her letters and numbers up to 20 and tying her shoes and zipping her coat if she can't already!

Betty - posted on 06/03/2010

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Laura you are so right. my son just graduated kindergarden yesterday. he repeated it because off his pdd and speech among other things. his first day i put him on the school bus in the morning and away he went, now he did have his brother to go with on the both he is 2 years older. they push the little ones so hard nowadays. my other son is just finishing 2nd grade is doing things that i didnot do till 5th grade.

Laura - posted on 06/03/2010

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My son is grauduating Kindergarden in June.I must say tht his first yr was a horrible experiance.Please don't b alarmed,it's just tht I'm 39 n I rem it being fun,n now things hav changed.they hav to take spelling tests n must be able to read b4 going to the first grade.Kindergarden is like first grade now wit all the wrk they do.I'm sure tht Her first day well be wonderful,infact i'm the one tht cried not my son.They get so happy seeing all the things in the class n all the kids they just run right in.GoodLuck!!! Just brace urself for all the things tht is required of ur lil one.

Rebekah - posted on 06/02/2010

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My son starts too! I am nervous! He seems pretty excited though! We just keep talking about it and how much fun it will be! He seems to be ready!

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