13 Tips for a Successful Beginning

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Sending your child to kindergarten is a big step! Luckily, there are several things that you can do as a parent to make this transition easier on both of you. Here are 13 easy tips for a successful beginning:
  • Find out whether your school has a kindergarten orientation, or make an appointment to visit the school and teacher before the first day of school.
  • Talk with your child about some of the fun things that will happen at school, such as meeting new friends, listening to stories, and playing outside.
  • Begin a healthy routine by making sure that your child sleeps at least 10-12 hours and eats a nutritious breakfast.
  • Have your child tell you the plan for after school - exactly where to be picked up or which bus to take.
  • Label all outerwear.
  • Dress your child in clothes that can be put on and taken off independently, such as elastic-waist pants and shoes with Velcro closures.
  • Dress your child in clothing that is appropriate for sitting on carpets and outdoor play.
  • Pack a "reassurance" such as a family picture, a small stuffed animal, or a note from home in your child's backpack.
  • Don't over-schedule after-school activities; your child will likely be tired.
  • Check your child's backpack after school. There may be several forms for you to fill out and return.
  • Celebrate the end of the first day.
  • Begin your after-school routine, which may include a snack, playtime, and quiet book time.
  • Ask your child specific questions about the day, such as: "Who did you play with? What was today's story about? Where did you play? What did you make?"

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