Focus on Social Skills
While kindergarten does focus more on classroom learning than preschool, your child will probably learn more from socializing with classmates than from organized lessons. A lot of programs focusing on childcare give children the chance to work in groups and socialize with other children, but a child who didn't attend preschool or child care may have some trouble making the adjustment to kindergarten. You can help make this easier by organizing your child in a group activity such as a music class, a team sport or any other fun activity that will encourage your child to be more social.
Visit your Child's School
Most schools will give you and your child a chance to visit before the school year begins. In fact, many schools all but require students and parents to attend an open house a week or two before the first day of school. This not only will give your child a chance to meet the teachers and see the classroom, but it gives parents an idea of what they can expect from the upcoming school year.
Practice with Letters and Numbers
As important as socialization is in kindergarten, your child will still be learning lessons about letters and numbers. You can help them get a head start by giving some informal lessons as you go about your day. You can help your child practice writing their name and some other simple words, you can teach them the alphabet, and you can give them a chance to count things around the house. These simple lessons are often informal enough to seem like play, but it will give your child an advantage when the school year begins.
Draw for Fun
Simple art projects are very popular in the kindergarten classroom, and you can help your child learn to draw or make simple crafts just like you can teach them about letters and numbers. Arts and crafts are a lot of fun for children, but they are especially important for helping them develop their fine motor skills. Buy some crayons, markers, or colored pencils along with some drawing paper and coloring books to get started. That may be all your child needs to have hours of fun during the weeks leading up to the first day of school.
Some children love kindergarten enough that they take to it almost immediately, but that isn't the case for everyone. If your child is having trouble adjusting to going to school every day, be patient. Talk to your child and their teacher to find out where they are struggling and find a way to make things easier. As long as you remain patient, your child will be able to make the adjustment and enjoy spending time with their friends at school.
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