My soon-to-be Kindergartener is already telling me that she is NOT going to school next year. Any suggestions on how to get my girl, who hates transitions, ready for K next year?
EmmaJ writes: My daughter was the same way. I made it a point to go play at the playground as much as possible the summer before school so she got comfortable with the school grounds setting. I also contacted the school and got a list of kids in her class so she could have some play dates over the summer with future class mates. The last thing we did is play school – A LOT! While we were playing we’d play a game called, “What If”. We’d talk about things at school and then brainstorm what she might do if that situation came up… ranging from serious -- “What if I have to go the bathroom during circle time” to the silly – “What if your teacher is a turtle?” She loved the game and it gave her a way to work out her fears.
Anisha writes: Over the summer, any time your daughter comes up against something she doesn't want to do or struggles with a transition-- then overcomes it -- talk about how proud you are that she did something really scary and how it turned out much better that she thought. Then when it comes time for going to K you can remind of these times.
ErinTM writes: Oh no!! Is there any chance she can visit the school or meet the teachers? Can you go play at the school's playground? Or how about a special shopping trip for new school clothes or school supplies?