Posted by THE WISDOM TREE GLOBAL SCHOOL
Starting kindergarten can be daunting for kids, but we know, it might be worse for parents.Yes, this big step means that your child is growing up, but mostly, that isn’t the cause of the distress. The thought of sending your child out into the world… alone, is indeed scary!
However, we’ve compiled a list of concerns parents have for their child’s first day at preschool to make the experience less intimidating for both you and your child.
1. They’ll be scared
Many parents worry that their little ones will be scared of their first day of school. It’s all a huge change for them, so there’s a good chance they will be. You can help lessen that fear, though, by not letting them see you scared. They need to know that you have confidence in them. Kids are very intuitive, and if you’re stressed out or anxious, they’ll feel that.
2. They’ll miss you
We know this is the last thing you want to hear, but you’re going to miss them a lot more than they’ll miss you. They just don’t have the time! Kindergarten is not what it was when we were in school. Gone are nap times and hours of building with blocks on the carpet. Their days are packed tight with learning and fun and recess and more. By the time they get a chance to think about missing you, it’ll be time to go home. It does help, though, to reassure your child that the day will end and you’ll be reunited.
3. They’ll get lost
School is a big new place, and that can be intimidating for both parents and their babies. It’s not likely, though, that your little one will be sent to navigate the halls on their own on the first day. Kindergarten classes tend to travel in packs, and their teachers are not going to send them out alone to get lost.
To help put aside these fears, we suggest touring the school with your child ahead of the school year. Knowing all of this ahead of time will help you both feel more in control on day one.
4. They won’t eat lunch
Parents, this is one fear that may very well turn into a reality those first few weeks, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. They’re probably not used to the short time they’re allotted to complete their meals, and there is just so much socializing to do during the lunch hour. Pack some foods they really love to help entice them to munch, and rest assured that what they eat at snack time will keep them from starving before they get home.
If you suspect your child isn’t eating because of a nervous stomach, talk with their teacher. As the year progresses, the social anxieties will disappear — and so will the lunch.
5.They won’t make friends
It seems so easy for kids to make new friends, but that’s not always the case. Especially when they’re overwhelmed with an environment and schedule that’s also completely new. And not all kids are social butterflies.
Encourage to teach your children how to make friends when they are as young as two, by teaching them how to communicate properly with peers, and with others around them. Homes are their first classrooms and you are your child’s first teachers.
If you stay at home with your children, make sure they are exposed to other children now and then. Encourage them to interact and play nice, and set up role-playing games at home to help them learn how to strike up a conversation.
6. They’ll get bullied
It’s inevitable that one day your child will come face to face with a bully, but everything will turn out fine if they know how to handle it.
Tackle this subject with a serious conversation. Let them know they might find someone at school who isn’t nice, but that they don’t have to put up with it. Tell them they have three options- Walk away, tell the teacher or play with other kids.We recommended role playing the situation at home so your child won’t be caught off guard.
7. Their teachers won’t care for them enough This one is always one of the biggest concern. Teachers, especially those who work with very young children know that when you drop your children off at school, you are leaving your entire world in their hands until the final bell rings. They take that job very seriously.
To put your mind at ease, get to know the teacher. Request meetings before or after school, or email her every now and then just to touch base.
8. They won’t learn fast enough
Children learn at different paces, and no one knows this better than your child’s teacher. Do your parental duty by reading up on what they should know before they get there, and work on it long before the first day of school. But don’t feel bad about the things they just can’t get. Your child will not be the only one at orientation who cannot tie his shoes. Once school starts, be honest with your child’s teacher about where your child excels and struggles.
Your child’s teacher will likely keep you very involved in the learning process, so you’re far from helpless in this area. Keep in contact with the teacher. Work together to overcome obstacles and you’ll become partners in your child’s success.
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