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02/18/2020
For many parents, preparing their child for kindergarten can be more stressful than ever. If your child is getting closer to starting school, these tips can ensure they're ready for their first day.

How to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Even if your child's first day of kindergarten isn't just around the corner, it doesn't mean it's too early to start preparing for it. Academics are more competitive than ever so it makes sense to prepare your child and yourself for this big step. To ensure your child is as prepared as possible, use these tips.

Get to Know Their New Surroundings

One of the things that can make kindergarten daunting for students is that it's all very new. To help your child adapt to their surroundings, it can help to take them to the school before their first day. Walk around the school together so that they feel comfortable on their first day. If possible, take them to their new classroom and have them meet their teacher. This will make their first day less stressful because they'll at least recognize one friendly face in their new surroundings.

Prepare Your Routines

Once school starts, your child will have to get used to a whole new schedule. To make this easier on them, it can help to create daily routines to organize their day. A morning routine should help them get ready and get out the door on time. An afterschool routine should help them recharge and get their homework done so that they have free time in the evening. Finally, a bedtime routine will help them get to bed on time so that they get plenty of rest and are ready for school the next morning. Start practicing these before kindergarten starts so that they master them before their first day.

Practice Basic School Lessons

Academics are more competitive than ever, which means your child needs to enter kindergarten having already mastered their basic lessons. What most students used to learn in kindergarten is what students enter already knowing. If your child is attending pre-school, these lessons will be covered there but should be practiced further at home. If your child isn't enrolled in pre-school, practice basic writing, math, and storytelling skills. Focus on the basics and make it fun for your child so that they look forward to kindergarten instead of dreading it. If your child is having a tough time with their school lessons, tutoring in Santa Rosa can help them get back on top of them. The Tutoring Center, Santa Rosa CA offers a number of academic programs that can target your child's needs. To learn more about these, give their learning center a call at (707) 521-9590.

Encourage Independence

Your child will now be attending school, so they should be prepared to sit, listen, and follow directions. In order to do this successfully and complete their assignments, they'll need to learn to be more independent. Practice this at home by giving your child more responsibilities. It can help to give your child chores they have to complete daily on their own. They can ask for help when they need it, but they also shouldn't ask for help without first trying it on their own. Other activities that can help them become more independent include getting dressed on their own and packing their own backpack.

Participate in Other Activities

For many students, kindergarten is the first time they'll be spending a significant amount of their time outside of their home or without their parents. This can be scary for those students who are used to constantly being around their parents. To make this easier for them, enroll your child in extracurricular activities. Having them participate in a sport or in an art class will help your child get used to being away from their parents. It will also help them learn to take direction from a teacher and participate in a group activity, all of which can help in kindergarten.

Have a Conversation With Your Child

Finally, most parents think their child won't understand what is going on, but this isn't true. They too may be feeling stressed or anxious about this big change. Instead of keeping them in the dark about it, sit down and have a conversation with them. Allow your child to ask you questions and talk about their concerns. Do your best to answer their questions and calm their fears.

Academic Tutoring in Santa Rosa, CA

Help your student have a successful school year by enrolling them in tutoring in Santa RosaThe Tutoring Center, Santa Rosa CA offers a number of academic programs that can help your child reach their academic goals. Give them a call at (707) 521-9590 to learn more! Don't forget to ask about your free diagnostic assessment.

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