Here we are again, excitement is in the air as the new school year is about to begin. Now most children are excited and ready for the new adventure of kindergarten. But, there are the few who do not like change. I’d like to chat about them for a bit.
These are the children who may start showing signs of anxiety. They may suddenly develop nervous habits such as nail biting, wanting to hold on to a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, sucking their thumb, or even having bathroom accidents. We have seen children start to cry over little things or become more physically aggressive. I remember one little guy who would get upset and ask over and over where we were going when we were just going for a walk around the preschool property!
If your child is experiencing some fear over this transition….
Not to Worry, We Have Some Suggestions:
- Read some books on the subject, here is a list of titles we like:
- Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
- Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
- The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
- First Day Jitters by Julie Danneburg
- Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee & Harry Bliss
- Look Out Kindergarten, Here I come! by Nancy Carlson
- Rufus Goes to School by Kim T. Griswell
2. Take a few days off before school begins.
In other words, try to arrange it so you don’t end daycare on Tuesday and kindergarten begins on Wednesday. Kids truly need that break.
3. Role Play
Let your child play with their new backpack, lunchbox, etc.. and pretend to be at school. Let her/him be the teacher and you the student. I remember doing this with my grandpa, he was such a good sport!
4. Find a buddy
If there is a child you know who is going to the same school have a little get together. Often children who have been in daycare together will have some friends going to the same kindergarten, On a personal note here, “the little girl” my mom had me go to school with is still my best friend today! :>)
Well, I hope you find these tips helpful. A special “hug” to all you parents out there as your little ones take that first big step! It’s not always easy for you either!