Has trouble moving from one thing to another.

Jenn - posted on 03/31/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be going into kindergarten this fall.. she is 4 right now but turns 5 in November. She does great playing with other kids, and she can sit still and listen, she knows all her alphabets, numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, can do simple math problems, read and write sight words, etc. Academically she is set and ready to go. However I worry about her being able to transition from one things to another like they do in school. She never made it to pre-k. She was on the waiting list for 2 years but there was just no opening for her. I have taken her to every function at the library with the other pre-schoolers, and she is in dance class, and i try to make sure she is exposed to situations that are like the structure of kindergarten. Today while visiting a pre-school that my sister works as she was very excited to go, but when it was circle time, she wanted to play, when it was dance time she wanted to color, etc... and she can get a little tude on her sometimes when you tell her she cant draw now cause its circle time, but the more you try to ease her back to the group then it turns to sheer panic and she crys and wants to leave. Is there any way I can better prepare her for this obstacle before kindergarten??? she is very smart and usually a very good listener, eager to please and loves being with kids her own age. I think she just might be scared/nervous about new the new settings and lots of new people it sets off her anxiety. Her doc said that she is having anxiety attacks but she will grow out of them, but that just does not sound right to me. Does anyone have any advice on how to prepare her for school? or help with her anxiety.?

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Deepti - posted on 04/04/2011

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i think ur daughter is very cooperative and nice... she may take time in adjusting in new atmosphere which is just fine... do not push.... at home u can tell her that she is going to be the favorite student of the teacher as she knows alphabet and all... plus she obeys her teacher and obeys rules so she will get stars and rewards from her teacher... before going to school.. build up the excitement and motivate her and tell pleasant things so that she is inclined to go and enjoy at school.
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Lisa - posted on 04/01/2011

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It sounds like you are doing all the right things. Keep letting her visit your sister's Pre-K class. Your daughter will begin to notice the "routine" even if she doesn't acknowledge it or even accept it. It does take time. Make sure that you speak with her upcoming Kindergarten teacher in advance and make her aware of whats going on. Remember, not every child that is going into Kindergarten has attended Pre-K and I would imagine that her teacher will be prepared for her "being distracted" (if you will). In addition, keep talking to your daughter about how you are so proud that she is going to school and how she is such a big girl and other words that build up the process of starting school. I have no doubts that even though you might have a "rough start" ahead of you, that your daughter will adjust and do great!

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Jenn - posted on 04/01/2011

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Thanks Lisa! I know I am always told I worry to much lol But I can't help it. I just want to make sure she is ready since she is starting a little young.

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