The transition to kindergarten is significant for you and your child! Every elementary school offers different guidance on what kids should know when they leave preschool. It can seem frustrating to find answers that vary widely. The truth is, there is really no perfect way to prepare for kindergarten. Although many experts agree that children should have some understanding of letters, numbers, and shapes, every child is different.
While the educational standards are important, as parents, you will also need some practical strategies to guide you and your child through the everyday routine. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips for an effective transition to kindergarten in Brevard County.
1. Prepare for the Transition to Kindergarten
The transition to kindergarten can be difficult for both children and their parents. Talk to your child about the transition process, and let them talk to you. Start by telling your child what they can expect in the classroom like rules, activities, and daily schedules. Ask them if they are worried about any part of the transition. Is there anything that excites them about starting kindergarten? Spending time in open-ended conversations about kindergarten will help them as they look forward to the first day of school.
2. Get Organized
A successful kindergarten transition calls for much organization and planning. Check with your child’s school about the necessary supplies, as well as any required items like uniform pieces or school books. Many kids enjoy back-to-school shopping! Make it fun for them and you will start a family tradition that will last.
3. Attend Orientations
Most schools offer orientation sessions before the start of the school year to familiarize families with the school policies, procedures, and expectations – attend these important events to put yourself ahead of the game before school even starts.
4. Make a Routine Sleep Schedule
Schedule regular bedtimes that are appropriate for your preschooler’s age – when they begin kindergarten, they will need lots of sleep to adjust successfully. A good night’s sleep is especially important right before kindergarten begins!
5. Read Every Day
Encourage a love for reading! Preschoolers love to snuggle on the couch with a parent and a good book! It is a wonderful bonding experience and helps build critical literacy skills that will help them throughout their learning journey in school.
6. Prioritize Learning Opportunities & Fun Activities
Much learning happens outside of school in informal settings like libraries, museums, cultural events, and activities at home. Take advantage of local and virtual resources that provide educational experiences for children of all ages. This will show your child that learning is fun! It can also ease the anxiety associated with transitioning into a new environment.
At Dairy Road Discovery Center we ensure students have a strong start as they enter kindergarten. Our learning by doing philosophy encourages creativity and teaches children the building blocks for continuing education. Contact us to learn more.