It’s almost that time of year. The summer is still blistering hot, but a sense of upcoming change is in the air. Soon the leaves will start changing and we can bring out all the cozy sweaters and long-sleeved shirts. But, an even bigger change than that is right around the corner. The first-day of school is approaching quickly. For those parents out there who have had children going to school for many years, or even a few years, this isn’t such a big deal. But, for parents who have a young child getting ready to enter Kindergarten, the idea of preparing their child for the school routine can be daunting. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be. Your child’s first day of kindergarten is a scary time, not just for you but for the child as well. That is why careful time and effort are needed to have them properly prepared to start by far the best times in their lives.
Parents who have put their children through a preschool or Pre-k program have a little bit of a head start when it comes to preparing their young children for kindergarten. This doesn’t mean that their children will necessarily be better off than those of parents who didn’t put their children in these programs; it simply means less work in the long run.
The best way to prepare your child for a school routine is to get them used to being around large numbers of their peers before they are put in a classroom setting. Children need to get used to the concept of interacting with new people their own age before they enter the educational system. This allows them to build better social relationships inside the classroom, on the playground and other places they might spend their time when at school or related activities. Not preparing them to build relationships and interact with children their own age before starting school can lead to problems in the future. There are many places where children can get used to being around their peers. The best option would be to put your child in a youth day-camp program. These programs usually have very structured activities and will help them build friendships with their peers before entering school.
One of the most difficult things to train your children to do before starting their educational careers is managing their time wisely. Going to school demands excellent time management to avoid tardiness and absenteeism. Not only will time management help your child in school and all aspects of their lives, but it will also help avoid difficulties for you. No parent wants to be late for work because their child missed the bus and you have to rush them to school. Long before school starts you should get your child used to getting up early enough to shower, brush their teeth and eat a healthy breakfast before starting their day. They also need to get used to going out early in the morning at approximately the same time as they would have to leave for school. Another part of time management which you must teach your children relates to getting their homework done before doing other activities. Homework has deadlines, as do most things in life. Parents, you must prepare your children early when it comes to meeting deadlines. Give them deadlines for their chores and other goals. Help them to realize that work comes before play.
Another very important part of preparing a child for school is educating them. Before they even start school, you need to take the time out of your busy schedule to teach them the basics and give them a head start. There are so many programs out there that help parents teach their children to read, write, do basic mathematics, understand scientific concepts and more. Programs such as “Hooked on Phonics” are well worth the cost and will give your child a much better chance of success in school.