Parents are Teachers Too: Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
You have been your child’s teacher since birth. Now that your child is in school, there is another teacher to help you. But you still play a very important part in teaching your child. Everything you do with your child at home will affect how your child performs at school.
How Can I Prepare My Child To Start School?
Starting school is a big change for you and your child. It’s natural for you both to feel a little nervous. Here are some ways to help prepare your child to start school, so that you can both get the most out of this exciting time:
Talk with your child
- Talk about school as a happy, friendly place where your child will have fun and be safe. Answer your child’s questions about school. The more your child knows what school will be like, the better he or she will feel about it. Give cheerful and reassuring answers to your child’s questions. If your child is worried or afraid, reassure him or her that everything will be okay. If there are things you don’t know about school, call the school and ask.
Keep a positive attitude
- Say positive things to your child about starting school. Let your child experience school as something brand-new and exciting. If you have concerns about school, share them with the teacher or principal, not with your child.
Teach your child good habits for school
- Start habits at home that will help your child in school. Let your child dress himself or herself. Set a regular clean-up time for putting things away. Make your child responsible for a few chores at home. Have meals, baths and storytime at settimes each day.
Visit the School
- Your school may host an event for parents and entering kindergarteners prior to the start of school. During this time you and your child can tour the school and meet your child's teacher. This will help your child become familiar with the school and the classroom. It will also allow you to discuss any concerns or questions regarding the start of school with your child's teacher. Contact your local school to find out more. If your child's school does not offer an event like this, you and your child are welcome to visit the school at any time.
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