My daughter is already scared about kindergarten in the fall. Any tips on how to ease the transition?

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Tricia - posted on 03/27/2009

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I agree with VJ, another thing you may want to try is to talk to the kindergarten teacher and see if there are any other mom's that are interested in getting together, for either group playdates or individual playdates, then she would have some friends, and familiar faces to start the new year with.

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I would start taking her now on weekends etc to play at the park there. The more familiar it is the less scary it is. You dont even need to mention its her new school. Once you are getting closer you can let her know that the park she has come to love is actually the school she is going to be going to. Knowing the environment is a big part, and fun nights/events they have you can attend and that way she can see around the school. I really like the idea that the other mom said about even taking pictures once inside to start a book of her new school.

Neely - posted on 03/26/2009

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go to the library, they have lots of kids books about "The first day of school"  LOTS of them, makes it a lot easier.  As the school year approches hopefully she will have less tension, take her shopping, let her be active in the preparation.  Maybe go to the school early fall and meet the teacher first?  Good luck





Kathy - posted on 03/26/2009

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I took my daughter to a fund raiser her future school was having to show her where she was going to be going. I took my digital camera with and took snapshots of the lunch room, the gym, the hallway where she will hang her coat, a photo of the teachers name sign outside her classroom door, the front of the school and the playground. We printed the pics and placed them in a little photo album named MY SCHOOL and she is so excited about starting in the fall.

Amber - posted on 03/26/2009

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Teach her that it's fun and tell her all the cool things you get to learn and do in kindergarden. Also tell her the fun stuff you got to do in kindergarden and and when you talk with her about be happy about it and excited. If you can't get her to be really excited about it remember It's a new and big thing and she doesn't really know what it is. She will be ok it isn't as bad as she is thinking. Don't force it let her ease into the idea and keep her involved in everything that goes with it. Take her school shopping and let her have some kinda say in what she gets from the cloths to the pencils. That might help her. Good luck

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