Several SF K Files visitors have suggested that we start a topic on kindergarten prep. There are several components to this topic and so I plan to write a series of posts over the next few weeks. I've decided to start with the emotional aspect of kindergarten prep--specifically for the child. (We can touch touch on emotional preparation for parents in a later post.)
Here's an excerpt from one of the emails I received:
"A topic perhaps of interest to others is how our soon-to-be kindergartners are reacting to the upcoming changes in their lives. My son's preschool, where he has been going for two and a half years ends tomorrow. He knows he's starting a new school in the fall and he has visited it. To add to the changes, we're moving this summer. My son has always been extremely adaptable so I thought he would be fine with it all. And he did appear to be until . . . I finally put two and two together and realized all of the upcoming change is probably the reason why he started frequently wetting (even occasionally pooping) his pants about a month ago. I have read many times that perfectly potty-trained kids can regress when they face changes or stress in their lives, and I felt so horrible when I FINALLY realized a full month into it that this is probably what's happening. Since then I have taken time to talk with him more about the changes and how it feels and to assure him that it is all good. No pee incidents today!"
Are your kids emotionally prepared for kindergarten? How are you preparing your child? What sorts of things are you saying to your child? What are parents saying to children who still don't have a kindergarten? What are preschools doing to prepare kids emotionally?