Making the transition to kindergarten can be difficult for kids and parents alike, but luckily, there are certain things that you can do to make the process a lot easier. In our last blog, our day care center in Fairfield went over a few tips for transitioning to kindergarten. Keep reading to learn more tips from our child care experts:
#4. Take a tour.
When your child is familiar with their new school, it will help them to feel a lot more comfortable with the transition. You can show them where the bathroom is, where they will play at recess, where they will eat lunch and where they will go to learn each and every day! This is also a good time to introduce them to their new teacher. You could even play with them on the playground!
#5. Encourage independence.
If your child can learn to do some things independently, like tying their shoes, zipping up their jacket, etc., they will feel much more comfortable about going to kindergarten. You could also hire a babysitter for a few hours a day before kindergarten starts so that they can get used to the idea of being away from you.
#6. Practice academic skills.
Make sure that your child is academically ready for school by practicing skills, like counting, writing letters, recognizing colors and identifying shapes.
#7. Get into a routine.
Get your child ready for their new routine by practicing it a couple weeks before school starts. Keep your child’s bed times and wake times consistent to get them used to their new schedule.