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