Friday, February 5, 2016

February-Kindergarten Transition

Kindergarten Transition

Transitioning to kindergarten can be a difficult process for both parents and the students.  In order to help them be most successful, they need to see that you are excited about them starting school!  Drive them by their new school over the summer and talk about the new building.  Let them play on the playground and take them on a tour of the school too.  The more they see it, the more familiar and comfortable they will be on the first day.  In the spring, the students will all participate in Kindergarten groups and will meet other students in the center that will be going to the same building as them next year.  There will be weekly notes sent home giving suggestions of things you can do at home to help with the transition process and teaching them the social skills they will need to make new friends next year.  They will also get a picture book of what their new school looks like so you can look at it over the summer and help prepare them. Here is a list of books that you can also read with your child at home to help them get ready for this exciting change:
The Night Before Kindergarten by: Natasha Wing
Kindergarten Here I Come by: D.J. Steinberg
First Day Jitters by: Julie Dannenberg
Emily’s First Day of School by: Sarah Duchess of York
Mouse’s First Day of School by: Laura Thompson
The Berenstain Bears Go To School by: Stan & Jan Berenstain
Llama Llama Misses Mama by: Anne Dewdney
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by: Joseph Slate
Froggy Goes to School by: Jonathon London
Curious George First Day of School by: Margret & H.A. Reyes
It’s Hard to Be Five by: Jamie Lee Curtis
First Day of School by: Mercer Mayer
Kindergarten Rocks by: Katie Davis
Kindergarten Countdown by: Anne Jane Hays

As a parent, it can be hard to send your child off to school for a full day but just think back to their very first day of preschool.  Look at how much they have grown since they have been here at our center.  Your child will do great in Kindergarten and you will be amazed by how much they grow and learn in that one year!