August Is Get Ready For Kindergarten Month
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” That was the opening line in Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” but it could equally apply to the first day of kindergarten. Some young children look forward to it as a wonderful adventure while others have to be pried off of their mother’s or father’s leg. August is “Get Ready For Kindergarten Month” and here are a few tips to prepare your child for the thrills (or trauma) of that first day at school.
Read him or her books about kindergarten, such as The Night Before Kindergarten or First Day Jitters and gently get him familiar with the concept. Storytime is a good way to get your child talking about the new school. Take a walk by the school, play on the playground, and maybe take them inside for a special tour. Adjust their sleep schedule gradually to the school’s schedule. And if your child is going to take the bus, take a practice trip on the school bus or point out (and count!) buses you see on the road.
As I recall my first day of kindergarten was a mix of terror and adventure. Once I let go of my mother I became enthralled with the fun activities of class. I can almost smell the oil cloth when I think about it.