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Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Congratulations! Your preschooler is graduating and going to kindergarten! Moving to kindergarten can be scary; it comes with new classmates, a new teacher, and lots of new things to learn. To help you and your child with the transition, we went to the experts and asked some current kindergartners, their parents, and their teachers for advice. Read on to find out what they said!

Advice for kindergartners from kindergartners:

  • It’s important to learn your letters (the alphabet song helps!).
  • Make sure to be nice to people.
  • Making bunny ears helps when tying shoelaces.
  • Make friends with kids in your class.

 

“You should always try to be your best you every day, because someone else might be having a hard day and your smile can help them.” —Kindergartner, age 6

 Advice for parents from parents:

  • Remember, kids are resilient.
  • If you are excited, they will follow suit (don’t show your nerves!).
  • Encourage them to approach new experiences openly and be independent.
  • Tell them not to be afraid to ask for help.
  • Enjoy their enthusiasm to talk about random things.
  • Don’t over-schedule their evenings—especially those first few months—so that you can develop a routine AND spend some extra quality time with them.

 

“Kindergarten is such an exciting time. Your child will have independence, meet loving teachers, and find new friends. They will come home with amazing stories that are filled with enthusiasm.” —Kindergarten mom

 

Advice for parents from teachers:

  • Make it fun: play counting games; have them search for letters and colors when driving.
  • Practice with the flash cards that come home, check homework, have them practice writing/counting.
  • Have a set routine for reading every night for at least 20 minutes.
  • Start having them go to bed every night by 8 p.m., eat a healthy breakfast, lay out clothes the night before, sit down together at dinner.
  • Have responsibilities for them at home.
  • Take time to talk to your child every day—and listen.

 

“Kindergarten in the year 2014 is not the kindergarten you remember. Kindergartners are expected to be able to read books, write full sentences and stories, add and subtract, and count to one hundred by the end of the school year. While this may seem daunting, we can work together to help your child be the best kindergartner they can be.” —Kindergarten teacher

 

Interested in books about graduation and getting ready for kindergarten? See some of our favorites below:

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten and Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten

by Joseph Slate, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

The Night Before Kindergarten

by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Julie Durrell

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

by D. J. Steinberg, illustrated by Mark Chambers

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten

by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Amy Wummer

The Last Day of Kindergarten

by Nancy Loewen, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa

About the Authors: 

Emma is the merchandising coordinator for the Early Childhood, Kindergarteners, Honeybee, and Firefly Reading Club catalogs. She loves graduations!

 

Holly is the associate director of client and consumer services at Communispace, a consumer collaboration agency. She helped compile the research in this post.   

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