Starting kindergarten is a huge step for young children! They will need plenty of patience, encouragement, and support when school begins.
But you may not realize that there are simple and important ways you can prepare children emotionally for this big transition. Summer can be the perfect time to start!
This is the first post in a summer series designed to get rising kindergartners ready for school.
Academic skills matter, but not as much as the foundation for all learning: a child feeling loved and secure. Kids thrive academically, socially, and emotionally when their world feels […]
There’s no shortage of information out there on school readiness. It’s an important mission and we’ve enjoyed sharing posts and lists over the summer months to equip parents and caregivers as they prepare their rising kindergarteners for the transition of school.
But in all of the useful tips, creative ideas, and must-read books, it’s easy to lose sight of the most important thing your young child needs as they begin school:
Feeling loved and secure
It’s more important than knowing all of their letters and numbers or having strong fine motor skills […]
It’s an important week for our kids and we want to help you through these days of big transitions!
Know that it’s normal for there to be tears and fears and for the transition to be less than smooth, especially for younger children starting school for the first time. Everything from separation anxiety to changes in routine can feel scary and disruptive.
Each child is different. Some children handle transitions with wide open enthusiasm. Others are cautious but compliant. And some little ones may have an emotional meltdown.
Don’t fret if your child doesn’t handle transitions […]
School readiness can feel overwhelming. But we hope you’re beginning to see that school readiness and life readiness go hand in hand!
Loving your kids by providing a safe home, keeping them healthy, reading together, and establishing simple routines are all part of a school readiness foundation.
Involvement in the lives of young children in your community, through your church or neighborhood, is another building block in the readiness foundation.
But it’s also helpful to know specific ways that we can send our children to school prepared. In this short series, we’ve covered fine motor skills, gross […]
We hope your kids have gotten off to a good start this week! If there have been tears and fears, know that it’s normal for the transition to be less than smooth, especially for younger children starting school for the first time. Everything from separation anxiety to changes in routine can feel very disruptive.
Each child is different. Some children handle transitions with wide-open enthusiasm. Others are cautious but compliant. Still others may have an emotional meltdown.
Don’t fret if your child doesn’t handle transitions well. My youngest child cried and clung to my legs […]