Tips for First Year Kindergarten Parents

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Tips for First Year Kindergarten Parents - sixtimemommy.comAre you sending a child to kindergarten for the first time? It’s nerve-wracking to go through this new process alone. However, although you feel alone, millions of parents have sent their child to kindergarten for the first time. I have one starting Kinder this year, it will be the only time he’s been away from us and I’m pretty torn up about it but I’m an emotional mess at school time for all the kids so this is nothing new. Check out these tips to make sure you are just as prepared as your child during this “new to you experience.”

Talk to a Kindergarten Parent Veteran
If you have never sent you’re a child to kindergarten before, spend time talking to parents who have sent their child before you. It’s amazing how talking to someone who has “been there and done that” can make life feel so much easier. Join an online group of parents who are going through the same thing as you!

Keep the Communication Line Open
There is one major thing to remember when you are sending a child to kindergarten for the first time and that is c-o-m-m-u-n-i-c-a-t-i-o-n. You want to keep the communication lines open and talk to teachers, staff, and the principle when necessary. Always keep your tone in check to ensure you are delivering the right attitude. Sometimes you only get one chance to discuss how you feel.

Make Sure You Read All Information Sent Home
When a school wants you to know something, they will tell you. Oftentimes, you will get several different letters sent home describing in detail what’s going to happen. Make sure you read all of the information sent home to you from the school.

Take the Time To Volunteer in the Classroom When Possible
It may seem as though kindergarten has sucked away all the time you have with your child. If you can swing it, try volunteering in your child’s classroom this year. There are always plenty of opportunities to volunteer at your child’s school or in their classroom.

Teach Your Child About Responsibility (For Your Own Piece of Mind)
One of the biggest things for new kindergartners and their parents is their children are now supposed to have a little responsibility on their shoulders. Before you bestow all this new responsibility on your kindergartner, take some time to explain to them what responsibility is and why they have it. You’ll be glad you’re not hunting down books and shoes every school night!

Don’t be Afraid to Ask Questions (Lots of Them)
When you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask it. You’re a first year kindergarten parent and this is new to you. Once your child hits first grade remember all of your anxiety and questions from the first year and reach out to other parents who are battling the same thing.

Before you know it, you’ll be a pro at this “school” thing. Do you have any tips to add?

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63 Comments

  • Reply Valerie September 3, 2015 at 10:17 am

    It’s been some time since I have had a Kindergartener but these are all great tips. I think that most can carry on for other years of school too! Great tips.

  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy) September 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I asked A LOT of questions. I was so nervous with my first, but once my second guy had his turn, I was the pro that people were asking their questions to .

  • Reply Catherine S September 3, 2015 at 11:39 am

    These are great tips. I was so worried the first two weeks of school. I would show up an hour early and wait to pick him up. I also volunteered to help out in his class as much as I could.

  • Reply jo September 3, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Awww.. So sweet! I am surely going to ask million of questions. I hope she’ll be open to everything and answer them all. :( Having them go to school makes me sad and proud at the same time. Thanks for the tips btw, I am one of those who need it.

  • Reply Dawn September 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Kindergarten is the hardest year. I cried so much when my little guy went off without me. =/

  • Reply Ora Lee Gurr September 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Every child is different, but nearly all first-time kindergarten parents go through the same angst. These wonderful tips are going to make a big difference in handling the worry and concern.

    • Reply Catherine S September 3, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      I agree, they are wonderful tips. As a parent of an 18 year old I still worry when he is out on his own. I don’t think that will ever change.

  • Reply BellaVidaLetty September 3, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    These are very thoughtful suggestions. I think it was harder for me to let go than my kids.

  • Reply Diana Villa September 3, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Those are wonderful tips! My daughter just started kindergarten last weeks and I miss her so much :-/

  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle September 3, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    When my little one first started kindergarten, I think I asked so many questions the teachers wanted to hide from me. LOL. I couldn’t help it! My baby was leaving all day!

  • Reply Pam September 3, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    These are all really good tips for people sending their kids off to kindergarten. I did a lot of volunteering at their schools which made me feel better.

  • Reply melisasource September 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    These are some really great tips! Kindergarten is a special time for both child and parent!

  • Reply Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama September 3, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I’m all about asking questions and my son is only in Pre-K. I plan to keep communication open with him for as long as I can!

  • Reply Liz Mays September 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I totally agree with these tips. Our schools usually had more than enough opportunities for parents to volunteer.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey September 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    What some great sounding tips, it must be hard for first time parents. x

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark September 3, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    These are all great tips! It’s been a very long time since my kids were in kindergarten!

  • Reply Jenny September 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    All great tips that I’ll have to remember when the time comes. Don’t want my baby to grow! Lol

  • Reply Ashley Sears September 3, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    When my kids were entering kindergarten, we had a great bond with their teacher. Volunteering was helpful for us.

  • Reply Pam September 3, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Asking questions is so important those first few years. Really they are important every year. And if you feel uncomfortable with asking questions, I love the suggestion of rolling your sleeves up and volunteering.

  • Reply Laura Gregory September 3, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Sadly we are passed those fun years. But I will share with friends.

  • Reply Marina September 3, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    These are all great tips! I’m a kindergarten veteran after my last too, with one more to go!

  • Reply Ourfamilyworld September 3, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    These are very helpful tips. It’s important to ask a lot of questions, so you’ll know what to do. It’s hard enough to deal with a not so excited child. More so, if you are at a lost.

  • Reply Travel Blogger September 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Its liket his was written for me! I feel like I was less prepared for our first to head off to kindergarten than I initiall thought.

  • Reply Jesica H September 3, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I think the worst part is the unknown! You have no clue what they are doing, feeling, thinking and of course when they get home they don’t tell you anything!!! These are wonderful tips!

  • Reply Beth@FrugalFroggie September 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I helped in my son’s kindergarten class. But I don’t know if I helped in the first grade. But I am about to go offer my advice to his second grade teacher.

  • Reply Toni | BoulderLocavore September 3, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    It is such a big leap, often more for the parents than the kids. Volunteering is a great way to give back as well as get a feel for how your child spends their days. I think after being with them all the time that is one of the harder things about them starting school

  • Reply Felicia September 4, 2015 at 12:01 am

    These are all wonderful tips. It is so important to remember that this is season of life!

  • Reply Crystal September 4, 2015 at 12:19 am

    The first year is training for everyone. I am so thankful we had such warm teachers that made it easy to ask questions.

  • Reply Uplifting Families September 4, 2015 at 1:38 am

    I will need this guide next school year. My youngest is 4 and has one year left at home. I’m kinda sad, it has gone by way to fast. I should be a pro, my older two kids are in middle and high school. No more babies for me so I cherish each moment.

  • Reply Hilesha O'Nan September 4, 2015 at 2:16 am

    These are wonderful tips! It won’t be before long that my daughter starts kindergarten. How times flies!

  • Reply rika agustini September 4, 2015 at 3:42 am

    wonderful tips. My son will go to kindergarten next year.. I think he’s so ready. I want him to meet new friends and learn more things

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc September 4, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Having your child start kindergarten for the first time is so stressful. I was crying and my child was crying too. The separation was unbearable! Eventually, we got over it. My daughter gained new friends and I was secure in the thought that she is enjoying the new phase in life.

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor September 4, 2015 at 5:15 am

    These are great tips for first year kindergarten parents. It is so important to keep the communication open to all the people that deal with your child in school. Volunteering is a great way to see how your child reacts in a school setting and it also helps out the teacher as while as the school. Thanks for shairng.

  • Reply Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey September 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    These are great tips, I wish I knew these when my boys went to kindergarten. It was tough at first but it always get better over time.

  • Reply Mama to 5 BLessings September 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    These are great tips. I homeschool but I would imagine it definitely has to be a big change for children when they 1st start school.

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia September 4, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I remember the first day of Kindergarten for my kids. My Son was so scared. His teacher was great with him. They has a day set up where the kids could go with Mom and spend the afternoon getting used to the classroom.

  • Reply Paula Schuck September 4, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Kindergarten can be scary for kids. These are great tips to help the transition go smoothly.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose September 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

    I remember when our first born went to Kindergarten, I felt lost because weus moved back in the States and I didn’t know anyone here. These are great tips!

  • Reply Lynndee September 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Keeping the communication line open is a must. Our son is now a tween and he’s already in the middle school, but I still make it a point that communication line is open all the time.

  • Reply becka September 4, 2015 at 11:23 am

    These are spot on. Communication can be the difference between a good year and a bad one.

  • Reply Dogvills September 4, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Asking a lot of questions is important. Also, when my kids went to kindergarten, I made sure I always talked to their teachers.

  • Reply Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts September 4, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    These are great tips and I need to remember them for when my little guys go to kindergarten! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus September 4, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I think teaching your child to be a responsible is a key part of furthering a child’s development. They need to take responsibility for their own actions and learn from a young age to take care of their toys/ clothes ect.

  • Reply Angela September 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    This is such great advice i will def be passing this along! To my best friend who has a kindergartener thanks!

  • Reply Trish September 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I second this post! And highly recommend volunteering if possible. Your tips are perfect. Our youngest starts Kindergarten next year and I’m not even close to ready. :(

  • Reply Jaclyn September 4, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I love these, especially about volunteering in the classroom! There’s nothing like the comfort of seeing your child thrive in the school setting with your own eyes! (Or being able to identify any issues and help solve them.)

  • Reply Jennifer Pridemore September 4, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    These are some great tips for first year kindergarten parents! I’m sure it can be intimidating the first year your child is in school.

  • Reply Anne - Mommy Has to Work September 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    We had wonderful kindergarten teachers that made the transition very smooth and easy fro us parents. These are all wonderful tips.

  • Reply aaronica (the crunchy mommy) September 4, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    i definitely had the questions thing down! i also email her teacher quite often! i wish i’d read this before school started!

  • Reply Wandering Carol September 4, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Sending kids off to kindergarten might be hard on the parents but it’s great for the child – if you luck out with a great teacher, of course. I still have really fond memories of kindergarten!

  • Reply Amanda Ripsam September 4, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Get involved with the childs school class mates. Kids are starting to bully each other and the class sizes now are just so full that the kids are not always being watched so there’s some unstructured time like lunch line ups, bathroom breaks, recess and of course when the teacher isn’t looking for them to take target at one kid who they feel they don’t want to play with that day, or they feel isn’t as smart as they are and they start to poke and it will go on into first grade and if you see your child having social anxiety issues ask them how there day went what did they do after school what did they eat. Open up lines of communication with your child while they are little. My daughter is in 2 grade now and getting to know the kids in her class last year helped me to know who was who and which parent I had to talk with when it came to me hearing about a kid picking on mine and if my kid picked on them.

  • Reply Michelle September 5, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Great tips! I too am a veteran kinder mom with my third baby starting this year, and these are excellent tips for any newbie!

  • Reply Maureen@ADebtFreeStressFreeLife September 5, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Great tips from a mom who’s got a lot of experience getting her children through kindergarten!

  • Reply Becca September 5, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    As a former daycare worker, I know that kindergarteners have a lot of extra eyes on them during their first few days! Teachers are just as concerned about those kids’ safety!

  • Reply Yona Williams September 6, 2015 at 10:37 am

    The first day of kindergarten is a whirlwind of a day for both kids and parents. I’ve been enjoying seeing the photos of my friends’ kids having a blast on their first day.

  • Reply Christie September 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Wish you were around when my son went to kindergarten last year. I had tons of questions!

  • Reply Stacey September 7, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Excellent advice! Really try hard to get to know the other parents and yes, read everything that comes home!

  • Reply Candi September 7, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Lots of good tips for parents. It’s been a while since I had a kindergartener.

  • Reply Debra September 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I was so grateful for all the information sent home. I would have had no idea what was going on without it!

  • Reply Pam @ Hodge Podge Moments September 8, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    These are great tips! I’m a teacher and I can’t think of any that I would add to this list! Maybe start a back to school ritual that your kids can look forward to….like a book you read every year or taking pictures together. :)

  • Reply Bonnie @ Living a Fit and Full Life September 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    This is great! I homeschool but I can remember dropping my sister off with my mom and my mom had a hard time with it.

  • Reply Tracey September 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    These are great tips! I shared them with my coworker who put her son in Kindergarten today.

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee September 10, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    This is a great list of tips for first year Kindergarten parents! Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

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