A few weeks ago I went over to the elementary school and pre-registered Bubbles for kindergarten. And then last week we went back for her kindergarten screening.
She has been very excited about the idea of kindergarten, but when it came to actually going in for the screening, she got a case of cold feet. Fortunately the school is less than a mile away, so we were there and in the door before she had too long to dwell on it.
Once at the school, she was back to being excited. Kids were outside playing and she thought it would be fun to join them. She also seemed to like the staff we interacted with, so I think we’re going to be good.
Getting Excited for Kindergarten
I really want to keep the positive momentum going for the rest of the summer, so I’ve collected a few books, apps, and other resources to get excited for kindergarten.
Read Some Books
Usually kids are scared of the unknown. The best way to get kids excited about kindergarten and remove the apprehension (of anything, really) is to make sure they understand what’s going to happen. Try books like “Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!” and “The Berenstain Bears Go to School“, two of our current favorites.
Check Out Some Apps
We’ve always been supporters of apps for kids, both educational apps and apps and games for fun. We’ve been using ABC Mouse for a year or so, and I definitely recommend it. A new one we’ve been playing is the first-ever interactive storybook app featuring Mr. Potato Head (available on iTunes), called Mr. Potato Head School Rush. It’s a fun way to start a conversation on the importance of a morning routine and being on time for school.
Take Them Shopping
Bubbles has been talking about her school backpack for, well, like two years. I think shopping for school supplies like a lunch box, clothes, a backpack, and the items on her school supply sheet will really help get her excited for kindergarten.
Attend Orientation or Ask for a Tour
While Bubbles was having her screening, one of the staff members mentioned there’d be an orientation before school started. The kids will be able to see the classroom and meet their teacher which I’m sure will help settle some of the butterflies Bubbles is feeling. If your school doesn’t have something planned, ask if you can do a 1-on-1 tour with your little.
Practice School Skills
For Christmas, my husband’s Aunt Pat gave Bubbles the Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills Grade K (can you tell she’s been a teacher for decades?). Bubbles would have sat down and done the entire book that night if we had let her. Doing these kinds of workbooks helps build their confidence in their skills, which will in turn make them more excited to continue them in school.