Transitioning from Pre-K to Kindergarten

You know what they say — everything you really need to know in life,

you learn in kindergarten.
 
 

 

Answer your child’s initial questions

Kindergarten is a big name, a big place and there are a lot of big kids. Be positive about the experience, but if your child has questions, answer them as honestly as you can.

 

Familiarize yourself and your child with the new school

Make sure to visit the new school during the summer. Many schools are open during the summer, so go in and take a look around, if possible.

 

Instill as much independence in your child as possible

Being independent includes the child being able to get shoes on and off, zipping a jacket or using Velcro. Make sure the child can open and close things, like backpacks and lunchboxes, by themselves.

 

Establish a routine before the opening of school

Another key step to preparing your child for kindergarten is to get your child into a routine long before school starts. This includes establishing an early bedtime, rising in the morning, as well as dressing and eating breakfast according to or close to school hours. That way it’s not a shock to their system on the first day.

 

Be an active partner with your child’s new school

Parent involvement is important in the home and in the classroom. Volunteer to read during story time, to share cultural traditions, or to be a lunch guest are all ways for parents to feel that they are a part of their child’s school life.
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