Starting kindergarten is a huge milestone in the life of a child, and one that most parents spend years preparing for. While academic preparation for kindergarten is important, there are many practical issues to consider that can help make the back-to-school transition easier for your child and your child’s new kindergarten teacher. We asked experienced kindergarten teachers and early childhood education experts what they really wish parents would do to prepare their children for kindergarten.
Teaching kids the value of work can sometimes be a tough sale, but learning this important lesson now will do so much to help them in the future. My kids like concrete goals to work towards. They’re big on to-do lists and working on projects that have a clear end so while I’ve tried to institute family chores several times in the past, each time their interest fades once they realize that even though they picked up their toys today, they still have to picked up tomorrow. I feel their pain.
“Captain, the area is secure.” My 7 year old son salutes as he says this. It’s dark, the only light is coming from my oldest 3 children’s flashlights, and my own headlamp. Suddenly I hear the adorably urgent voice of my 5 year old. “Captain! I see some papers on the ground over here, the baby might choke!” I turn my headlamp’s beam in her direction. “Ok soldier,” I say, “pick them up on the double and get them to the garbage can before the baby gets them. I’ll come vacuum there immediately.” “Sir, yes sir!” comes her obedient reply.