Tips to Transition Your Child to Kindergarten

If you’re the parent of a child about to do the preschool to kindergarten transition, you’re likely nervous. How will they do at big kid school? Children struggle with large changes, and this will be one of the biggest they face.

Read on to find out our leading tips on transitioning your child from preschool to kindergarten.

Play therapy

This is a tried-and-true technique for helping your child adapt to anything new. Your child, by now, is immersed in the world of pretend play. Once you get close to entering kindergarten, begin bringing this change into pretend play. You may have your child bring in stuffed animals, puppets or other props to help out. This is a good opportunity to teach coping strategies. For example, pretend that you’re scared and going to a teacher for help as your child would.

Go to the school, and meet the teacher

As much as possible, get your child acquainted with the school. In all likelihood, the elementary school your child will be attending is far larger than the preschool they’ve been going to, which can be intimidating. Walk them to their classroom; help them memorize the route; and introduce them to their teacher. This way, they will have a person who they can trust when they head off to school on the first day.

Routine, routine, routine

Just like with other changes, the preschool to kindergarten transition can be solidified by keeping everything routine. Have your child begin waking up early before the first day. Have them go through their morning in the same order such as going to the bathroom, eating breakfast, getting dressed and gathering their things. Children thrive in routine especially during times of turbulence.

Sharpen kindergarten skills

During the summer, have your child practice skills they’ll use in school. This includes things like holding a pencil and forming letters. If your child hasn’t mastered these skills yet, don’t be concerned, as kindergarteners enter school with a wide range of abilities. Just familiarizing them with the act of writing can be helpful so that they’re not anxious when asked to do so at school. The same goes for other skills like using a pair of safety scissors to cut out shapes.

Make a space to talk

Being proactive with your child about expressing their feelings will also help. Provide the child time to talk about their fears and hopes related to going to kindergarten. Doing so early will allow the child to process their emotions so that when the first day comes, they will be better prepared to deal with the transition emotionally.

Transitioning your child from preschool to kindergarten can be a tough process, but it’s better if your child has had a positive experience in preschool beforehand. My Second Home Early Learning Center is a Christian childcare and preschool that follows Biblical principles in all facets of education. We welcome the opportunity to become part of your family. Call us today to find out more about our programs and for enrollment information.