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5 Tips To Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

September is quickly approaching and many children will be heading off to school for their very first time. It can be a nerve wrecking time for both parent and child. Having just gone through this ourselves last year I want to share with you our top 5 ways we prepared for Kindergarten.

Talk About It
Children love to talk, I know as mine never stops. Talk to them about school. How they will meet new friends, hear new stories and learn new things. If you build up the excitement and how fun it will be they will love the idea of going to school.

Listen To Them
Your child may have fears about starting school. Listen to their fears and address their fears and concerns. It is normal to be a little scared. After all this may be their first time leaving you and spending their day somewhere else.

Show Them The School
Your child may be scared about going somewhere they have never been. So bring them to see the school and play in the yard. This will get them familiar with the area. If your school has a parent/teacher interview bring your child with you. We brought ours and it was great one on one time with his teacher and she showed him all around the classroom. She then had activities set up for the child to play with while we had our meeting.

Preparing To Take The School Bus
Will your child be taking the school bus? If so I can not recommend enough the School Bus Safety Awareness Day happening on August 26th. They learn all about safely riding the bus and then get to actually go on a bus ride. They get to practice boarding, riding and getting off the bus. Attending this yearly ran event gave both myself and my son the confidence to send him off on the bus by himself.

Take Them School Shopping
They don’t need much for kindergarten. All you need are the basics; lunch bag, backpack and indoor shoes. Let them come with you to pick out these items. Just remember to get them a decent sized backpack and not a cute little one. It needs to fit school notes, snack/lunch and spare clothing.

What tips do you have for preparing your child for kindergarten or back to school in general?

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  1. Oh this brings back memories, both of our girls were 3 when they went to school and it was definitely a transisition we had to prepare for. Potty training sped up rapidly!

  2. These are great tips, especially the one about the backpack! Our school requires a whole list of supplies so we never considered buying a little one, but it’s true that some schools don’t ask for much for Kindergarten and even so, that big bag is essential!

  3. What a great thing – school bus awareness day! I didn’t even know that existed! Love all the tips – thanks! 🙂

  4. I think I’ll be both scared and excited when my son starts going to kindergarten. I agree with showing them the school so they could get familiar with it and see it as a non-threatening place.

  5. These are great tips, my daughter went to kindergarten last year and talking to her about it before had helped her nervousness a lot

  6. Great ideas, especially the “Listen to Them” one. Thankfully I’m good for another few years.

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

  7. Great tips! I got one starting in September !

  8. Thanks for the great tips!!

  9. I am not at the back to school stage… yet, but know it will be coming far too soon! Thanks for sharing some great tips

  10. Great tips! Thanks for sharing. I think letting the kids come shopping and picking out things “for school” is one of their favorite parts!

  11. I am A fAn of prepping them with visits a couple of weeks before to do a mini run through. It helps my girls.

  12. Hmm I’m not sure since my daughter hasn’t started school yet, but I think getting into a little more structured routine about a week or so leading up to the start of school would help with the transition.

  13. Those are great tips! My little man is heading off to kindergarten this year and I know he’s nervous about it. I was planning on taking him to the school playground a few times next week so that he can get used to playing there before he starts.

  14. I get to skip the Kindie stuff this year…but will have another starting next school year! Thanks for these tips.

  15. Great post! Great tips!
    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Visiting the school ahead of time seems like a good tip for the child as well as the parent. I know I will be both excited and nervous when my daughter starts school. Great tips. Thanks.

  17. Not 100% related, but a quick note about how important listening is: 2 Weeks ago our 4yo was in tears at every little thing that happened and just generally unhappy. Took until the next morning for me to realize that her best friend at preschool had a birthday that weekend and wasn’t at preschool on the Monday. So our little one thought she had gone to big school now (in the middle of the year) because she had had her birthday. All the crying stopped when she understood that her friend was just off sick the Monday, but we will have to have a talk about friends going off to school and her eventually going off to school as well.

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