How to Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten, by Dr. Brad Schwall
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Anxiousness about beginning school is natural. Children may be nervous about a new school, new teachers, and children they don’t know. They may be adjusting to a longer day. You can help your children make the transition by understanding their needs, preparing them for the transition, and encouraging their growth.
It’s often difficult to choose the right school setting for your child at this stage. You’re balancing social and academic readiness. Understand that development is a process. Children can grow to meet challenges. All children develop at different rates. The goal is for your child to have the opportunity to be both challenged and succeed.
The following skills benefit children in Kindergarten:
Take your child to his or her school for a tour. Talk about what she will enjoy. Validate that it is OK to be a little nervous. Read together and show excitement about learning and what she is learning to do. Your child will follow the tone you set for school so talk about how it will be fun, how she will be able to follow directions and learn, and that she is ready for school.
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