• Tips for Transitioning into Kindergarten

    Below are some tips and resources for an easy transition into kindergarten. The goal is for your child to become an independent learner.  We look forward to a great start to the year!


    Before School Starts

    Send a note to the school nurse if there any allergies.  Do so, even if you already indicated on another form.

    Start your school routine early. To reduce stress and get used to new routines, adjust new bedtimes or wake up times a few weeks before school begins.  Routines are comforting for us and for children.  Read a soothing bedtime story every night to help your child fall asleep with comforting thoughts.

    Have everything ready the night before: clothing, backpack, etc.


    On the First Day of School

    Be positive. Give your child a smile, a hug, and tell him/her you love him/her.

    Instead of saying, “Goodbye,” try, “See you this afternoon!”  Mention a specific time and a concrete activity, for example, “I will pick you up after school on Avenue B.”

    Avoid behaviors that might upset your child. For example, try not to: 1. Cry as you wave to your child. 2. Force your child to eat a big breakfast. (They may be nervous, and it might be better to eat a light meal rather than have a stomachache for the first couple of days).

    Your child’s first day of school sets the tone for the school year. Allow the teacher to greet your son/daughter and welcome him/her to the classroom community.  Keep a list of questions and personal requests and bring it with you to take the Open House rather than inquiring about the first day of school.  Emailing your teacher is a great idea too.




    Books to Read

    • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Joseph Slate (Illustrated by Ashley Wolff)
    • Seven Little Mice Go to School, Kazuo Iwamura
    • Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Eric Litwin (Illustrated by James Dean)
    • First Day Jitters, Julie Danneberg
    • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
    • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Pen