Getting Ready for Kindergarten at P. S. 452
Starting school is a milestone for children and their parents/guardians. Sending your child to school where he/she will spend the better part of the next six years brings about many emotions – excitement and pride, perhaps also nervousness and anxiety? If this is not your first child heading for school, you probably already learned what works for your family. But if this is your first child in Kindergarten, the mixed emotions you may experience are natural and expected.
From our experiences, we have learned some practical ways which families may find helpful:
What if your child has some difficulties with separation?
There is a range of behaviors that children show in the beginning of Kindergarten. Some kids become teary, some wail, while others walk off barely saying good bye. A child who has been in day care or Pre-Kindergarten may be more comfortable with the daily ritual of separation (but not always!) If the adults have mixed feelings (guilt, anxiety, fear…) about sending a child to school, this can add to the child’s hesitancy or reluctance. Some children may show regression in some behaviors such as sleep difficulties, clinginess, thumb sucking, bed wetting. These behaviors should be temporary and will be helped by your continuing encouragement and positive expectations.
From our experience, we have learned some ways that are helpful to children:
Please, rest assured that the Staff at P. S. 452 wants the best for each child and that we will work very hard so that each one soon will be happy to go to school
What if parents/guardians are having separation difficulties?
Sometimes, however, it is parents and guardians who find themselves stunned and emotional by the departure of their little one. This is where your head must override your heart! You must wave goodbye and let your child take his/her first steps toward independence and growing up. For this, your child needs you to help him/her make that feel ok. The truth is that your child will be fine without you!
Some tips that can help parents who find it difficult to separate:
Lastly we hope that you will model the values and behaviors that you wish your child to acquire. Kids are learning all the time and they learn a lot from what they see in daily experiences. Values that we believe are especially helpful to school success are:
Try your best.
Don’t bully or call names.
Respect materials and books.
Put things back where they belong.
We are excited to welcome your child to Kindergarten and share your desire that the beginning of their school experience is a happy and successful one!