1. Research Schools
Researching schools in the area to find one that is the best fit for your child is a key part of preparing them for kindergarten. Look into academics, extracurriculars, and other important aspects of the environment which can make or break your child’s experience in school.
2. Parent/Teacher Meetings
Meeting with the teacher or principal of the school you’ve chosen is an important step in understanding what to expect. Talk about your child’s individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as any other information that may be relevant for success.
3. Academic Expectations
Learn more about the academic expectations for kindergarten and other classes so you can help your child meet those standard. This includes reading, writing, math skills, problem-solving and more.
4. Attend an Open House
An open house is a great way to get acquainted with the teachers and school before the first day of school. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions and get a better understanding of the school.
5. Get Acquainted with the Classmates
Making sure your child gets familiar with their classmates before the first day can help ease any anxieties they may have about entering a new environment. Arranging playdates or getting together for group activities can help make this transition period easier.
6. Prepare for the First Day
Make sure your child has all of the necessary supplies and clothing they’ll need on the first day of school, as well as enough snacks to get them through their day.
7. Practice Routines
Get your child used to a daily routine before the school year starts. This includes waking up and going to bed at the same time each day, as well as having regular meal and play times.
8. Safety Rules
Teach your child basic safety rules such as looking both ways before crossing the street, not talking to strangers, and not running in the hallways. Knowing these safety rules will give your child a boost of confidence going into school.