As the warm days of summer give way to the longer evenings of autumn and the beginning of a new school year begins to approach, parents with children that are entering kindergarten are faced with the daunting prospect of preparing their little one for his budding academic career. Thanks to the global community created by the blogosphere, today’s parents have the ability to approach their first enrollment and kindergarten preparation armed with the information they need to ensure their kids’ success.
Dealing With Separation Anxiety
Kids that didn’t attend a formal preschool and have a parent who stays at home with them during the day may have a difficult time transitioning into the routine that school demands, especially the part of the routine that removes them from the familiar gaze of a parent. These five blogs cover separation anxiety management and prevention techniques.
- How to Assist Your Child With Separation Anxiety When Starting School
- Loving Ways to Ease School Separation Anxiety
- Starting School and Separation Anxiety
- Dealing with Separation Anxiety at the Start of the Montessori School Year
- Separation Anxiety Q&A
Typical Curriculum Information
While every school is different, there are a few things that are standard in the kindergarten curriculum, almost universally around the United States. Parents that are curious about what their child’s curriculum will consist of can get a good idea from these five blogs.
- Kindergarten Academics: What to Expect
- Kindergarten Curriculum
- Our Kindergarten Curriculum 2011 – 2012
- Our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum
- Kindergarten Curriculum and MFW Weekly Wrap Up
Building Social Skills
Only children, children with large age gaps between their siblings and themselves and children that have not attended preschool may need a bit more work to boost their social skills up to the level that kindergarten requires. Exercises for increasing social skills and what to expect from the kindergarten social experience is covered in these five blogs.
- Social Skills for Mainstream Kindergarten
- Social-Emotional Skills
- Social Skills Before Kindergarten
- Social Graces: What to Expect in Kindergarten
- Social Skills for School
Immunization and Vaccinations
Few topics in the parenting world today are as controversial as immunization and vaccination. Parents on both sides of the fence have passionate ideas about what is and is not acceptable for a their children’s health. However, the choice between vaccinating and opting not to can be one that makes the kindergarten enrollment process a bit more difficult in some cases.
- Study: More Students Forgoing Immunizations to Enter Kindergarten
- MMR and Varicella Vaccination Rates For Children in Kindergarten Below Healthy People 2020 Target
- Are Kindergarten Kids Getting Their Vaccines?
- Vaccinations and Exemptions in Kindergarten School Year 2011-2012
- Vaccination Exemptions at 2.2% for Kindergarteners
Parents that have never sent a child to kindergarten before may not know exactly what skills and requirements their children must meet before enrollment time rolls around. In order to prepare your little one as best you can, check out these five blogs covering the enrollment requirements of most kindergarten school systems.
- Enrolling in Kindergarten: What You Need to Know
- Kindergarten Readiness: Is Your Child Ready For School?
- Josie Loza: Is Your Child Kindergarten Ready?
- Fall Birthdays and Kindergarten Admission: An Early Disadvantage, or a Later Advantage?
- The Role of the Stanford-Binet in the Hunter Admissions Process
Kindergarten For Children With Special Needs
Starting school is a big milestone for all kids, but it can be particularly difficult for parents of children with special needs to anticipate what kindergarten will be like for their child. These five blog entries are dedicated to starting kindergarten with special needs.