Welcome to Kindergarten!
This is a difficult time for all of us. As adults, we understand the seriousness of the situation. The children, may not. It is important that they know what they need to do to stay safe and to keep your family safe. They need to be able feel that they can ask questions and trust your answers to be caring and honest to the level with which they can understand.
Establishing and explaining a new routine is very important to feeling safe. In school, our routines include saying good morning, taking attendance, reading stories, singing songs, recess, snack and lunch. Our learning times included a lesson, time to ask questions and work as a large group before having some independent practice time. Many times, a lesson would take several days and several group practice times before they might have a little more independent practice time. This is the school routine they are used to.
Think about the routine you can establish at home with a reasonable time frame and what it will include.
Kindergarten is a place where children have learning opportunities to develop academically, socially, and physically. The natural curiosity of young children leads us to explore concepts through hands-on experiences upon which they are able to construct their learning.
The beginning of kindergarten is often a time of excitement; the children look forward to coming to school with big brother or sister, new backpacks and lunch boxes, and having fun with friends during recess. It is also a time of anxiety for some as they leave the security of mom and home. Allowing them time to transition from what they know to their new school environment is very important in building their confidence and abilty to be successful. Many of them still need afternoon naps (sometimes I do, too!) and this transition time allows them to naturally grow out of it.
The area that we usually spend an enormous amount of time strengthening is the area of listening. Listening involves hearing the spoken word and then responding appropriately to what is said. Parents who are diligent and consistent about requiring their child to be responsible and accountable for improving in this area of listening will see positive effects for years to come.