Preparing for the 1st Day of School
Today is the first day of AUGUST.
And as much as I don’t want to think about the school year starting up again, it’ll be here before we know it. This year, my #2 will be starting Kindergarten. KINDERGARTEN!
While she’s really excited about school and doesn’t really have any worries about it it all, I’ve been thinking about ways to help prepare her for full day school. As the days get closer, I’m sure we’ll deal with various fears, worries, questions, etc., so I want to be prepared beforehand so I’m not caught off guard.
1. Talk, talk, talk.
Once a week or so, we’ll talk about kindergarten. Is it going to be fun? How is it going to be the same as 4K? How will it be different? What is she most looking forward to? What is she not looking forward to? I let her lead the length of the conversation, but I’m keeping the door open for her to express fears, worries, etc. if they pop up.
2. Read all about it.
Chances are your local library has a display of “back to school” books. These are great ways for kids to think about the upcoming change, and it gives an open door for more talking of excitement, fear, questions, etc. If you need a good book list, here is a good one from Coffee Cup and Crayons, Growing Book by Book, and also one from Room to Grow.
3. Pray with your child.
When fears come up, take it to the Lord right then and there. Ask God to give your child peace in her heart. Ask for courage for your child, even though she feels scared, that she’d be brave in facing her fears. Pray for your child to make good friends who will make the transition easier. Also, Rachel has a really great way to pray for your kids during your own personal prayer time…using crayons (yes please)!
4. Invite a future classmate over to play.
Nothing calms a fear like knowing someone in your class before you get there. Once you get a class list (IF you get a class list), find someone you know on there and invite them over to play for a bit. One of the best ways to get over fears is to know someone in the class!
5. Play school.
While playing school may not seem very therapeutic, play is an excellent way for kids to role play their thoughts, feelings, fear, etc. Let your child try out the role of student and the role of teacher. Don’t alarmed by his or her thoughts, ideas, etc. of school, but instead, let your child lead the time of play. For some more ideas about this, check out some of these posts from Alllison McDonald and Valerie Deneen.
For those of you who have gone through this, what are some of your tried and true tips?