Worrying about kindergarten?

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Worrying about kindergarten?
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Sun, 03-30-2008 - 9:54pm
I dont know what is wrong with me but i am getting myself so worked up about my dc starting kindergarten and its still 6 mos away.
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Registered: 03-06-2008
Tue, 04-01-2008 - 11:54am

I think it's

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Registered: 11-21-2007
Thu, 04-03-2008 - 5:31am

its normal that you feel this way...i did when reagan first started kindergarten.

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Tue, 04-08-2008 - 1:09pm

I was in the same boat as you. Let me start off by saying I'm a stay at home mom to our only child, Ethan who is going to be 5 next month. I was completely stressed over when he would go to kindergarden. I was worried about how he would adjust, and to be honest I was really worried about how I would adjust to being home alone.

I signed him up for VPK (all children in the state of FL get free preschool and get to pick your own school- public or private). I decided to register him at the public school he would be going to for kindergarden. This has helped him to get to know some kids that may be in his kindergarden class and to become familiar with the school.

If you're anxious, you can always to go the school and set up a tour. They should also have a teacher/parent night before school starts- some schools even set up teacher inhome meetings so the newcoming children can meet their teacher in a familiar and "safe" environment.

If you're feeling anxious over other things- jittery or have panic, you may want to talk to a doctor. I was having problem with anxiety a few years back and was breaking out in hives along with panic attacks. I was given a prescription for anxiety with antihistamine for the hives and it was able to relax me.

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Registered: 04-09-2008
Wed, 04-09-2008 - 10:50pm

Hi, I'm new here and have a 4 year old that will be starting kindergarten in 2009. Her birthday falls late, so she missed the cut-off date for this year. Anyway, I thought about enrolling her in preschool for next year, but we just recently moved here and I never got around to it and now it's too late. We checked into a Montessori preschool, but the tuition was outrageous for only 3 hours a day. She's doing well with me teaching her. So I've decided to homeschool her for preschool. She's learned pretty much everything she would in a traditional school setting. (I was an early childhood teacher's aide for a few years so I kinda know what I'm talking about/doing.)

I was very apprehensive about sending my older kids to kindergarten for the first time. I was afraid they wouldn't like it, they'd have bad teachers, wouldn't make any friends, etc. etc. But they all ended up having wonderful teachers, making tons of friends, having a lot fun.

They all do really well in school and I firmly believe that it was because of their positive kindergarten experiences.

I'm sure every mom worries and feels nervous about sending their kids to school for the first time. It's only natural. If you decide it's not for you, you can always check out private schools or homeschool.

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Registered: 08-26-2003
Thu, 04-10-2008 - 7:41am
Thank you for all your responses.
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Mon, 04-14-2008 - 1:49pm
hello!! have you ever had issues with anxiety before? im only meds for bipolar disorder and for anxiety issues. i dont have to take the anxiety ones unless i need them, but they have helped me out tremendously. and they dont make me want them when i dont take them-the kind i have is atavan. but, it could just be normal mommy worrying. i was nervous about my dd starting school too. she was a very shy child-and i didnt send her to preschool. but she did fine. she made friends, she had fun and shes always been a top student. shes in 2nd grade. my lil one is 4. she wont be starting school until sep. 2009. but this past weekend, we went to a church function. and my youngest couldnt be there-she got to play in one of the classrooms-first time in a place without her parents or her sister-and she did great. she enjoyed it-and she was so excited going there. we talked about how exciting it was going to be...try that with kindergarten. talk it up-get excited. he'll do fine. yes you will miss him, but the peace and quiet is priceless. i enjoy my time when my oldest is in school-and i can just imagine when my youngest goes-ill probably be so bored i wont know what to do with myself-lol. youll be fine, he'll be fine-and if youre still having problems dealing-i would go and talk to a doctor... take care!!
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Registered: 09-07-2003
Tue, 04-15-2008 - 4:20pm

I am having some anxiety today b/c I just found out that my DS is going to be in full time (yes, that's 8 hours a day) 5 day per week kindergarten. I thought he was going to be going 2 full and 1 1/2 day per week, but Michigan just passed legislation that is pushing 5 day per week/ full day. I am nervous b/c he is my first. I think he will do wonderfully, but I am worried about me!! Anyone else in this predicament???

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Registered: 02-23-2006
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 6:42pm

Yes!


My dd will start k in 2009 so I have been looking into different schools and they All are full day. Does anyone know why, what is the logic

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 04-16-2008 - 6:57pm
It's totally normal to worry about your kids going to kindergarten! That's a huge step! When my oldest when to kindergarten I worried that he wouldn't know where to put his work or that he even needed to do it and then hand it in. I worried that he would get lost at recess and not know when he needed to go back inside or that he wouldn't know where to go. I worried that he wouldn't have friends. I worried that he wouldn't know what to do at lunch time (full day kindy). I worried that no one would sit with him. I could go on and on. You know what? It was fine! The teachers take really good care of them. Granted, he was in a special ed kindergarten, but I went to have lunch with him a couple times and they ate about the same time that the regular kindy ate and their teachers were just as attentive. They helped them make good food choices in the lunch line, helped them with their tray if they needed it, helped give reminders to the kids if they forgot what they were supposed to do, and made sure that everyone's needs were met (everyone was able to get there milk open, etc) before going to eat their own lunch. The whole class sat together, too. The teachers know that this is their first year and they are very understanding and helpful. His kindy year was great! And then he got ready to head to 1st grade and I worried all over again! LOL, it's normal. I'm not worried about 2nd grade, but I think that's only because he is in a behavioral unit for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders and he'll be in the same class next year as he's in this year. It's normal to worry. Each year they get older, we lose a piece of our hold on them. Why wouldn't we worry? But, he'll be fine, and he'll love it, I promise.

 

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Sun, 04-27-2008 - 7:25am
My oldest girls are 9 and will be starting 5th grade next year. And I still worry about sending them to school. It's hard to believe they will be in 5th grade, seems like yesterday I was walking them to their kindergarten classroom and watching them from the hallway after I left to make sure they were ok. And of course, they were fine. Kindergarten is a big step and it's perfectly ok to be worried/anxious.

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