Getting ready for kindergarten! Any advice??

Kimberly - posted on 08/11/2013 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hello!
My son will be starting kindergarten next week. I am so nervous & even scared!
I don't want him to be afraid. He went to pre-k but really didn't like it.
I want things to be as easy as they can be for him. It breaks my heart to think about
him being there scared & crying. Any advice??

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FreedomSmellsNice - posted on 08/12/2013

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Kimberly - Stand strong! Fake it 'til you make it! No crying! :) Yes, you need to be strong for him, so he can be the weak one.

What are you nervous and scared about? Have you had a "Meet the Teacher" event?
Does he know anyone going to the school?

I read books about Kindergarten, and starting a new school.
I drove past the school several times, and I had him walk through the hallways.
I talked about his teacher, the kids that he knew that would be there.
I walked him through his day and we talked about what to expect.
We discussed what he wanted in his lunchbox and what outfit he would wear.
I talked about other kids being scared, nervous, excited, sad, happy, etc. and that they were all in it together.
I told him that the day was going to go by so fast, and I couldn't wait to hear all about it when I saw him later that day!
I didn't sugar coat it. Kindergarten is more difficult than preschool, but you will still have fun! And don't forget, the teachers deal with this every year. They are pros! Enjoy your freedom! Do they have a "Boo Hoo/Yahoo breakfast?" Go to that. Or sign up to volunteer. Just not the first week of school. ;)

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Sandra - posted on 09/29/2013

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Hopefully all went well with your son's first day of kindergarten...now for the fun part acclimating to his environment and all the other kids' personalities. When my daughter went through this, I always tried to give her a perspective that like the million different colors of paint at Home Depot, all the different types of toys at Toys R US (ugh did I say that name out loud - the store every parent loves to hate!!!), etc. Children come in all shapes, sizes and personalities so I tell my child that she is o.k. because she is exactly like God made her to be beautiful. http://losingitfororphans.blogspot.com/

Minivette - posted on 08/13/2013

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I have been through it 3 times. All three of my boys went to Pre-K and that does help. But going to the open house at the school helped me and the boys.
When my oldest went to kindergarten I took the day off so I could walk him in and get him settled. He was just fine. I was concerned how he was going to handle a large classroom more that mommy separation issues. He is small for his age because he has GHD. Back then he was still way below the growth and weight charts. He was aware of his size and I told him he can do whatever he sets his mind to - height does not matter.
My other 2 sons were much easier since they were going to the "big boy school" with their brother. That is all they talked about. My middle son teased the youngest because he was only in Pre-K and he was going to be going to big boy school.
(they are very close in age .. ( 9, 7 1/2, and 6 1/2 yrs old now).
I believe if I had been upset then they would be too. I did my crying each time I had to come off maternity leave and go back to work. That was harder for me. Getting them each to accept a bottle not only from me but from my husband and the daycare. I actually had to call work and ask if I could have a few more days because my middle son refuse the bottle at daycare. That is when I really cried.
Remember, kids can sense when you are upset or stressed. Let him pick his clothes out the night before, even if it doesn't match. If he has to bring in a backpack, school supplies and/or a lunch - let him pack his stuff in his backpack his way, pick out his special lunch or snack to take with him. He will feel more confident and proud. Like a "big boy".
After you drop him off - then you can have a good cry cause you baby is a "big boy" now.

C - posted on 08/12/2013

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All I have to say is... thank goodness for Pre-K!
If I didn't have that moment to cry my brains out, I NEVER would have been prepared for Kindergarten!!

LOL, no, just kidding, but the first shove off is tough, have your tissues, support group, whatever you need to get you through that day, and I promise, your next day will be a breeze!

Smile! =)

A - posted on 08/12/2013

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My little one starts at the end of the month and I am so nervous for him. He told me that he needs to grow up at some point. Tomorrow and Wednesday he has kindergarten camp- 2 hours each day where they show him all around and take him through lunch line practice, recess line up practice, walks to other rooms like gym and music and art and library and those types of things. I am more nervous than he is.

Gloria - posted on 08/11/2013

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My son started kindergarten last Wednesday. He has Apraxia (cannot say words) so its been challenging knowing what he's going through. Always communicate with the teacher and put your child's name on everything! My son's already come home with missing items. Try not to show your fear or anxiety because this may stress your child. My son cried the first day I left him and when I picked him up he was so happy to have gone to school!

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