14 Tips for Handling the First Day of Kindergarten
So here are some of my best tips for an easy school transition from a long time school mum.
- Make sure you are organised. Most schools send a list home ahead of time advising what you need for the start of the school year. Make sure you have all these items purchased, labelled and organised so you don’t have to worry about it once school starts.
- Practise opening and closing lunch boxes and drink bottles, wrap their lunch in sandwich wrap at home so they know in advance how to unwrap it when at school.
- Make them unpack their own bags in the morning at school, they will learn much faster where everything goes if they have to do it for themselves. Also making them realise that Mum or Dad isn’t going to do everything for them will make your life easier too.
- Open their food packets slightly at the corner before putting it in their lunch boxes, this make them easier to open when they are on their own.
- If you can, prepare lunches the night before so you are not running around short of time in the morning.
- Start or join a Kindergarten group for your childs’ year on Facebook. Other Mums are the best source of advice and this is great for organising play dates, asking questions (especially when those notes don’t seem to make it home)
- Source out the parents that have older children at the school. They are great for quick questions and pointing you in the right direction.
- Make sure you sound confident and excited for your child…even if you don’t feel it. Kids are quick to pick up the vibes coming off others so make yours positive ones.
- Make sure they have a good dinner and get an early night the night before school starts. Nerves are likely to be running rampant and their behaviour will probably be off, so an early bedtime will benefit everyone!!
- Most schools have a “Tea and Tears” or something similar on the first morning. This is great opportunity to connect with other Kindergarten parents and to remember that you are not alone in feeling your emotions, be they happy or sad.
- Settle your child into the classroom and at an activity as quickly as possible. Dragging your goodbyes out often makes it worse for the child and for you.
- If this is your last child off to “big school” (like me), make the most of it. Go out for lunch with your significant other or girlfriends. Catch a movie or go shopping and embrace your new found freedom.
- Have a good afternoon tea waiting for them. You will also probably find that feeding your Kindergartener dinner separately and earlier at around 5pm for those first few weeks will help too. Most are incredibly tired after a full day at school and will fall asleep much earlier than usual.
- Make them unpack their bag at home at the end of the day and get them into a routine of giving you any notes and dirty lunch boxes. This makes your job easier when you don’t have to rummage through bags to find things.