5 Ways to Help Your Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

There are many ways that you can help your child’s Kindergarten teacher!

Below, I have shared just a few key points to consider prior to the first day of school.

5 Ways to Help your child's Kindergarten teacher
Send your child with a LARGE backpack – YES, this backpack will look like it is bigger than your child, but it will hold and protect everything that it needs to throughout the year and THAT is important!

Communicate regularly – be sure to check your child’s backpack daily for any communication from your child’s teacher. Also be sure to share important information with your child’s teacher whenever necessary. This includes when they aren’t feeling well, when they are particularly tired, when something is bothering them emotionally.

Label everything – My rule of thumb to follow is: If you want the item returned home, be sure to stick on a label! I am an Oliver’s Labels Agent, so if you have any questions about labels, please feel free to contact me.

Send indoor shoes with VELCRO! – There is often only one or two adults in a Kindergarten classroom at a time, with typically 30 children. That is A LOT of shoes to tie if they were all shoe laces!

Practise opening and closing all lunch and snack containers – Be sure that your child can open everything that you send in their lunch bag independently. Again, there is typically only one adult in the classroom during food consumption and there are a lot of hungry children who would require help if they couldn’t open their food containers. Pre-open wrappers if you send packaged food and teach your child how to open and close all other containers including water bottles!

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Over the past few years, I have written a few other articles about Kindergarten parents that you may wish to read as this is a topic that I am very passionate about, having spent a number of years as a Kindergarten teacher and having two children of my own complete Kindergarten.
What to Pack for the First Day of Kindergarten
Getting Ready for Full Day Kindergarten
Preparing for Kindergarten – Part 1
Preparing for Kindergarten – Part 2
A Kindergarten Visit – Who Needs More Preparation, Mom or Child?
For all NEW Kindergarten Moms and Dads, This is For YOU!
Back to School – Mommy, I Don’t Want to Go

Don’t forget to get organized with LABELS from Oliver’s Labels by labelling everything that you send to school!
Label Everything

I am an Oliver’s Labels Agent.

If you have any questions about sending your child to Kindergarten, please feel free to Contact Me! I LOVE to talk to Kindergarten parents about their children and school!

Good luck and sending strength and hugs your way!

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37 Responses to 5 Ways to Help Your Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

  1. Ms_Key says:

    Really good information!!! The easy shoes and containers tip is so important with the sheer number of students we need to get around to support during transitions and meal times. Good list, thanks!

    • Thank you, Ms. Key! If you have any other super important tips, please let me know! I remember how difficult it was as 1 teacher, NO EA and 28 children who were all asking for my help to open up snack containers and packages!

  2. cole mckinnon says:

    Superb article! Letting our kindergarten children’s teachers know special things about our little ones, be they health, social, psychological or physical is so important and can make the difference in our children’s first year of school.

  3. Judy Cowan says:

    All great tips! Labelling is tedious but so important, love that it is easy to buy labels these days!

  4. ivan mckinnon says:

    You can never go wrong with labelling, although I cringe when parents put labels with first and last names on their little ones and send them off into the universe. Scary.

  5. Amy Lovell says:

    Thanks! These are all great tips!

  6. DARLENE W says:

    When labelling I use only the last name that way the labels can be used by any family member

  7. Laurie P says:

    Some folks don’t realize just how much work it is being a kindergarten teacher… I was fortunate to have my boy in a school that was very inviting to parents to “come on in” and check things out or help out…whenever!
    Great tips here, every little bit helps!

  8. Heather Dansby says:

    These are such great and necessary ideas! When I taught school, I spent my whole lunch opening the students’ containers/packages!

  9. Cheryl says:

    YES! All these points are really important. I know the Winter months are so hard for them with the snowsuits, boots, hats, mittens and scarfs. Yikes!

  10. mommakoala says:

    I am so glad these days are over. These helpful hints are good. Kudos to those teachers that have the patience to do their jobs, day in, day out.
    (Debbie W)

  11. Nena Sinclair says:

    Every parent of kids starting Kindergarten should read this!

  12. DARLENE W says:

    really good pointers, thank you

  13. Lee-Ann says:

    I love this…any way we can help teachers – who are already over taxed is a good thing.

  14. kathy downey says:

    These are such wonderful ideas! Thanks !

  15. MichelleS says:

    Communication is the biggest help of all time, and making it “easier” for the teacher with the little things (like velcro shoes). Have your child’s stuff prepared the night before, look at their stuff when they come home. Help whenever you see the teacher needs it.

  16. MrDPrize says:

    labels are good idea. just don’t label outerwear or knapsacks

  17. Nancy T says:

    Labels check, super size backpack check, runners check…as a mom to 2 that’s already been down the JK/SK road, I’m ready for what SK at a new school brings! 🙂

  18. DARLENE W says:

    Had two grandsons go off to SK today only to be sent back home to start tomorrow. I guess the Jk’s were the only kindergarten’s to go back today. They both had all their stuffed labelled and they were ready to go

  19. Christy says:

    Great info to pass onto my sister. Her first child will be heading to school this year

  20. kathy downey says:

    I told my daughter-in-law about this,she thought it was so helpful

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