Getting Ready

Starting school, changing schools or beginning a new grade is an exciting time for a child.

Here are some things you can do with your child to help give them the foundation they need for a positive first-day experience.

  • Leave your child for short periods of time with other adults.
  • Visit your child's school before it starts. Even if you can't access the classroom, take a walk around the outside of the building.
  • Read books to your child about starting Kindergarten. Ask your local librarian for suggestions or look at our booklist.
  • Take your child to kindergarten orientation if it is offered.
  • Introduce your child to other children who are in your child's kindergarten class and arrange for play dates over the summer.
  • Start a school routine. Practice going to bed early, waking up early and eating a healthy breakfast.
  • Make sure your child knows their full name, address, phone number and the name of an emergency contact before leaving for school.
  • Do a "practice" walk to the bus stop. Point out the landmarks on the way. Talk about safety issues.
  • Help your child to take responsibility and accomplish tasks independently by encouraging him to dress himself, tie shoes, use the bathroom, wash hands and put personal items away.
  • Attend a special Kindergarten Here I Am story time in August at your local Bucks County library. Please check the Events calendar for a location near you.

Adapted from a tip sheet from the Florida Center for Parent Involvement, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida

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