Off to Kindergarten

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Are you Afraid?
We spend all this time preparing our children for their first day of kindergarten, but when we drop them off at school, we're the ones with the tears in our eyes. When we talk about preparing our children for their first days, we think that were the ones who really need the preparation. One way to do this is to meet the teacher in the spring, at the Kindergarten orientation. During this you can ask any questions you may have. I dont know if this happens in most schools, but we spent an hour in the classroom with the teacher the week before school started. Not only did my son get the chance to explore the class room, but I was given the oppurtunity to ask any questions that may have came up since the spring. I know its hard, seeing your baby grow up, its their first step towards independance, but dont worry they'll survive it, (and so will you.)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

My little man's Junior Kindergarten picture. Please excuse the very poor quality, I scanned a digital picture, so its not the best. Do they ever actually smile in school pictures?

Time for Lunch

Worried about what your going to send your son or daughter for lunch? I know I was as my son is an extremely picky eater and when the majority of schools are peanut free it makes matters even worse. I've basically resorted to swapping between two lunches; pepperoni, cheese and crackers or a ham and cheese sandwiches. There are many suggestions on the internet of ways to make healthy eating fun. For kindergarten students, providing smaller portions make things easier, for example: mini muffins, baby carrots, cut fruit, cheese cubes, or mini crossants and buns. For a child that always wants a lunchable in their lunch, make your own. If its a pizza lunchable, send an english muffin, some pepperonis, shredded cheese, and a tiny container of sauce, the homemade lunchable will be alot more healthy and less proccessed than the store bought. Another suggestion is making homemade snack baggies including things like; nuts (if permitted) dry cereals, (cheerios & chex work great) pretzels, popcorn, raisins, dried fruits, and mini crackers. Sending cut up fruits or veggies are always a great way to add nutrition to any lunch as well. If sending foods that spoil, like cheese and meats, try freezing a juice box the night before and adding it to the lunch box. By lunchtime the juice box will be defrosted to drink, and it will have kept lunch safe and cold. (Picture provided by

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Kindergarten: Riding the School Bus?

For the majority of children starting kindergarten this will be the first time they ride a school bus. Whether this will be their way to and from school or not, teaching them school bus safety is a good idea, even if they will only ride a bus for school outtings. My suggestion, is to look into the "First Rider Program" offered by the Ministry of Transportation. The program helps children overcome any fears they may have about riding a bus, by letting them take their first ride with a parent. First Riders teaches school bus safety, not only about riding the bus, but with regards to boarding and getting off the bus as well. The program usually takes place in late August, and is well advertised. Not only does this program help relieve any fears the young children may have, but it also helps to reassure parents about how safe riding the school bus actually is. For more information on school bus safety visit the Ministry of Transportation website. (Picture provided by

Preparing your Child for Kindregarten
Staring kindregarten can be an adventure for both parents and children, but there are multiple ways to help the child prepare for the change. Firstly a routine needs to be established with the child, as children with no routine tend to struggle with the idea of having a structured routine at school. Even if the routine at home is not structured, get in the habit of doing things in "orders" such as have their bedtime snack, bath, pajamas, brush teeth, bedtime story, than bedtime. Try to follow the same routine daily, as it will aid in getting the child prepared to follow routines at school. Self-help, (the child's ability and willingness to do things for themselves) also becomes an important thing when starting school. Teaching and encouraging your child to clothe and feed themselves as well as put on their own shoes and coat, will give them the skills and practice they need to do these things for themsleves at school. A parent can never read enough to their children. A couple weeks before kindergaten starts, talking about it as well as reading about it with your child may help calm their nerves. A couple great books that I suggest include: "I Love School" by Philemon Sturges, "Miss Bindergarten has a Wild Day in Kindergarten", by Jospeh Slate and "Place Called Kindergarten" by Jessica Harper. There are tons of things that are recommended for children to know prior to entering kindergarten but another important thing in my opinion, is the child knowing their information such as their full name, telephone number, and parents name. For more information, or further explainations, as well as many more suggestions, please visit "Ways to Help Child Prepare for Kindergaten" in the LINKS list.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

How do you know whether or not your child is ready to start kindergarten? Are you, their mother, ready for them to start? The first day of school can be an emotional day for everyone, especially if its your first child to walk through the "big kids school" doors. What can you do to help your child get ready for the big day? There are numerous questions and concerns regarding kindergarden readiness, and preparation that I will try to address, as well as many tips that I wish to share to help you through it.