Starting kindergarten is a huge milestone — your child’s learning with the “big kids.” As exciting as it can be, some kids might have a harder time being away from home for the entire day, adjusting to new schedules, and making new friends. You’ll want to create opportunities to calm their first-day jitters.
It’s completely normal for your child to feel nervous about beginning this new journey.
At this age, your child is rapidly developing not just their literacy skills but also their social-emotional learning. As they begin to understand character emotions in stories, they also become eager to express themselves and fit in.
To support your child during this transition, create some routines ahead of time that make them feel prepared, like establishing a set bedtime and picking out clothes to wear the next day. You can also check in with your child’s interests and remind them that kindergarten allows for endless exploration of those topics. During the first week of kindergarten, follow up by asking your child one thing they learned at the end of each day.
You can also turn to books to show your child they’re not alone in this new experience.
For its 100th anniversary, Scholastic spoke with experts to identify a set of tips, articles, and books that make starting a conversation with your child about kindergarten easier. These resources are part of a broader initiative, called the Scholastic Bookshelf, created for Instagram to raise awareness around contemporary issues affecting children today.
The following resources can help your child ease into their new learning environment.