Originally Posted by Audrea21
My daughter is going to Kindergarten this fall. Right now I feel as if I will not cry, but I know I will ball. I just pray that she doesn't be clingy to me. She's been in Pre-K for a year and is so smart. Any tips from some parents thats been there that might help her to be a big girl??????
Thanks in advance
Originally Posted by CarriOfOz - My youngest will start in February with the new school year...Another poster mentioned their child still cries a lot, and loudly! This is my boy too *sigh* He is emotionally so immature, and I don't know how he'll handle it..
My dd was equal parts social butterfly and clingy when she started K. The teacher (and their "fit" with your child) is an important part of how well this all works out ; of my children and their cousins the two that had the more difficult time in K (no universal pre-k) had the teachers that were the least affectionate/mommy-like. Dd's teacher was the right combination of affection and no-nonsense, for her. Dd did cry a lot in the beginning, not due to leaving me (dh takes them to school anyway) but because she is emotional and is youngish for her grade (June Bday with Sept 1 cut-off); this got better after a couple months. Dd was also the overly affectionate child of the class (her teacher said she has 1 or 2 like this each year) and had to be reminded to keep her hands (and lips) to herself .
That your dd has been in pre-k should help overall, though if her day will be longer that may be a big adjustment. My dd had a hard time with the long day and was one of the few that napped through quiet time every day--her teacher brought in a pillow and hello kitty blanket for dd to nap with. The degree to which they promote positive peer interaction and intervene in negative interaction is really important too--everything is easier with friends .
The amount of homework for the first month was redonkulous . There was an alphabet chart, a number chart, days of the week cards, and months of the year cards, that we were supposed to review nightly, nightly reading, plus pages of writing practice with letters and numbers. We didn't review all of the charts/cards every day, and after the first month the writing tapered off.