Dear new kindergarten mom,
As I currently sort through last year’s kindergarten paperwork, put away the kindergarten diploma and have my almost 6 year old now ensconced in first grade, this one time kindergarten mom cannot believe that kindergarten is the past tense for us.
Even though I can try to deny it, it just feels plain strange and weird not having another child in kindergarten this year.
But two years in a row, I have learned so much and gleamed a few lessons along the way. That said I am paying forward here today as for what to expect during the kindergarten year.
All the preparation in the world weeks and days before, won’t even make a dent to prepare you or your child for the kindergarten year ahead now.
1. Have faith.
Along those lines, put the flash cards down. Trust that your child is as ready as they can be. Therefore, have faith that they will learn what they need to scholastically and emotionally appropriate as the kindergarten year unfolds.
2. Oh the emotions.
As for the first year of schooling, it will be filled with a myriad of emotions for your kindergartner, as well as yourself. The Seven Dwarfs have nothing on the emotions you both will be feeling and experiencing.
3. Let them be.
That said, do let your kindergartner deal with the transition into kindergarten in their own way and pace emotionally, academically and socially. But still be there, when need be.
4. It’s a long day.
This may be the first time that your little one has been in a school setting for 6 plus hours. So, remember this if they come home tired, cranky or even a bit overwhelmed.
5. Be there when you can.
As the year’s firsts, such as homework, trips, parties and more unfold, do your best to be there when you can and are allowed to be there.
6. Sharing is caring.
Which brings me to the fact that trips and parties will have chaperones asked to volunteer. As a former class mom, I will say that if you can volunteer that is wonderful. Just remember that you don’t need to be Greedy Gretchen. Therefore, give other parents a chance to have their turn during these events, too.
7. Give a little.
Your child’s kindergarten teacher has your child and the rest of their students best interests at heart. So if possible cut them some slack.
8. Work with them.
But if you do need to discuss any issues that arise, reach out in a timely fashion and try to work with the teacher not against them. Remember it takes a village to help make this first year a success for your little one.
9. Don’t blink.
One hundred eighty days of school for the kindergarten year seems like a lot. But when you get right down to it, you will blink only to be sitting, wiping tears from your eyes at kindergarten graduation at the end of the school year.
Therefore, take it from me Kindergarten is a big deal for both your child and yourself. It goes quickly. So, before you know it will be you giving advice that you learned to a new kindergarten mom yourself.
A Former Kindergarten Mom