Easing the Kindergarten Jitters

For kindergartners, the back-to-school season ought to be called the going-to-big-kids'-school-for-the-first-time-ever season. While all children handle the start of school differently, it's very common for kids to have a serious case of the jitters. Here, the parents of iVillage share their best tips on how to give your little ones the confidence they need to enjoy their time at school. May you and your family have a wonderful school year!

"My daughter started kindergarten today. I am so proud of her, she did so well. (I did cry a little in the car...OK, a lot). My friend who is a kindergarten teacher gave me the book 'The Kissing Hand,' by Audrey Penn, to read to her. It's about going off to school the first day. It is a wonderful story. You will cry, but they will be happy tears."

"Last night my daughter was in tears because she was "afraid of the homework"! Poor thing. Now, we do have 'homework' in kindergarten around here, but it's all fun stuff. Our neighbor was in kindergarten last year, so we are going to go and check out her homework from last year to try to calm my daughter's fears!"

"I made my son a necklace with his and my picture on it, and told him that I'd be with him all day. He wore the necklace for the first three months of kindergarten. And then one day, he told me he knew that I was there with him and he really didn't need the necklace anymore."

"We made a small photo album with family pictures, and pictures of things that are special to my daughter. She puts it in her backpack with specific instructions to ask her teacher if she wants to pull it out and look. Today she bounced all the way to class. I think she feels better just knowing it's in there!"

 

"The one thing that (my daughter) has been nervous about is knowing what her teacher will look like. So, we played a little guessing game. Each of us had to describe what we thought the teacher would look like. What color hair, long or short, curly or straight, how tall she is, and what color eyes she has. It was very fun and seemed to make my daughter feel a little more at ease and very excited to go to school to see which one of us 'guessed' right."

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