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Back to School Shopping – Getting Prepared for Kindergarten!

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Backpacks, lunch accessories,  hair accessories, sunscreen and more.  There is a huge list of items to get organized for back to school. Consequently, Kindergarten preparation can be overwhelming! I have written an entire series about preparing your child for Kindergarten and what to pack for the first day. There is even a post about 5 things you can do to help a Kindergarten teacher.  After all, I did teach Kindergarten once.  Let me tell you, you have the ability to make a HUGE difference for a Kindergarten teacher by the choices you make! Imagine 30 children who don’t know what their backpack looks like, … Continue reading

Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten – School Lunches

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Entering Kindergarten means learning about independence; socially, emotionally and physically. One of the first exposures to independence for a Kindergarten child occurs during snack and lunch time. Children take pride when they go to their backpacks, take out their lunch containers and find a place to sit down and eat (and socialize with their friends). They get excited to see what is inside their school lunches and they feel like a “big kid” when they open up their bag to see what is inside. Parents can help their little ones be prepared for Kindergarten and this new-found independence by ensuring … Continue reading

5 Ways to Prepare a Shy Child for Kindergarten

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly time flies? When you held your little angel in your embrace for the first time, you must have surely thought it’s going to be a long and beautiful journey raising him. Sooner than you could imagine, you see your little one all grown up and ready to kickoff kindergarten in his adorable uniform and bag pack. Before you drop your kid to school on his first day, make sure you prepare him to face the brand new chapter in his life with a lot more than mere school supplies. What he also needs is the … Continue reading

5 Ways to Help Your Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

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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. 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 … Continue reading

What to Pack for the FIRST DAY of Kindergarten

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In many school boards, Kindergarten students are not required to bring ANYTHING to school as far as school supplies go! In fact, most teachers discourage it because they have specific tools they would like the children to use AND things go missing SO easily with little ones, which always brings tears. It is highly recommended to wait until your child goes to school to purchase any school supplies, as they should get a newsletter on the first day that will outline all expectations. Having told you to WAIT to purchase school supplies, there are a few things that are a … Continue reading

NEW Kindergarten Parents Support Group

Kindergarten Parent Support Group

Having your child start school for the first time can be a very overwhelming experience for you and your child. Both parents and children have so many questions, many of which will not be answered until the first week of school. Because of the unknown, children can understandably become VERY anxious about their first day of school and if only you, as the parent had all of the answers, wouldn’t you feel a whole lot better?! Here in Ontario, our first day of school is the day after labour day, but I am aware that many other schools will be … Continue reading

Getting Ready for Full Day Kindergarten

I cannot believe that one week from today, the children will be heading back to school and summer will officially be over. Back to school time is always a very emotional time for me. I remember the nerves that escaleted within me, when I was a child, during the month of August as school approached. Then, when I became a teacher, those nerves turned into an anxious excitement. I never sleep the night before school, to this day! And now, as a parent, the nerves and anxiousness has taken on a completely new feel. My daughter will be heading into … Continue reading

Summer Sanity ~ Preparing for Kindergarten Part 2

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Well folks, this post isn’t so much about summer, but because it is something that we must think about, I’ve still labelled it as “Summer Sanity”. Part of the end of summer is all about preparing for school. This year, my daughter heads off to grade two and my son starts Junior Kindergarten. A lot of people have asked me how they can prepare their little one to start school for the first time. I have spoken with other parents and am also pulling out ideas that I used to give parents when I taught Kindergarten. Here are a few … Continue reading

Summer Sanity ~ Preparing for Kindergarten Part 1

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This post is a part of Summer Sanity, a series of posts for parents to gain ideas and inspiration for how to keep their children happy, active, educated and having fun during the long summer months. I found the idea to do photo writing from a fun site called Imagination Soup. With my son starting school for the very first time, I was trying to come up with an idea to help him identify with his new school. I decided to change up the photo writing idea slightly and take him through a walk through of his experience of going … Continue reading

A Kindergarten Visit: Who Needs More Preparation? Mom or Child

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I took him to his school this morning for a 30 minute visit to his Kindergarten classroom. He was nervous.He was shy.I was nervous.I didn’t want to let go. He told me he was going to hide behind me and hide behind me is what he did. I told him that it was his job to stay and have fun in the Kindergarten classroom and it was my job to go to the Library and to pick him up when the 30 minutes were finished. I didn’t hesitate. I gave him a big hug goodbye.I made sure he had his … Continue reading