Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Preparing for the First Day of Kindergarten

My daughter started her first day of kindergarten today. I was expecting crying, maybe some anxiety, and maybe even some nervousness. But alas, none of it. Instead my daughter woke up, dressed up in her laid-out-last-night school uniform, grabbed her prepared-the-previous-night lunch and said to me: “Let’s pretend I’m 18 and moving away to college, OK?!

Let’s not. Apparently our recent college-bound babysitter has helped shaped her thinking just a little and now she can’t wait to move out of the house.

While driving up to the school a few kids were dealing with some major separation anxiety - holding onto their parents for dear life and such. Mine on the other hand asked if we could open the door and drop her off “right here.”

I don’t get it. Where's the tears? I'm expecting tears!!!

Yesterday the school had a kindergarten picnic allowing the kids to get to know each other with ice cream, a playground and…(wait for it…)... Kentucky Fried Chicken! Can I just say how much I love this school my daughter is going to? I didn’t even have to request it, it just happened on its own. It’s like a message from heaven or something saying, “Tony, you chose well. Now sit back and enjoy your popcorn chicken.” It almost makes me forget how much we're paying in tuition.

Well, not really.

Anyhow some pointers from me and maybe the school on making the day easier. We used some of them and I thought I’d share them for those who are interested:

How to Prepare Your Child for the First Day of Kindergarten
  • Talk about kindergarten casually during the summer. Try borrowing a book from the library to help reinforce the big day, or better yet rent "Kindergarten Cop." Just fast-forward over the parts where that one weird kid uses the word "vagina" and "penis."
  • If your child wasn’t in preschool, try leaving them with a friend or relative for a few hours while you go out for sushi to help with the possible separation anxiety. If the child is upset that you went out to eat without him/her, just say "you don't like sushi anyway."
  • Attend the school’s social “meet and greet” or similar activity before the start of kindergarten. They’ll get a chance to meet new friends before school starts and hopefully the school will provide Kentucky Fried Chicken. If not, protest to the school board until they make it happen.
  • Say goodbye quick and then leave. Don’t draw it out too long, get all emotional and cry. If your mascara runs down your face the other kids might think you're a vampire.
And most importantly...!
  • Teach them how to wash their hands correctly after using the bathroom. Use this coloring page to help emphasize the importance.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease hurts!
Wash your hand after using the potty.

I'm just hoping she doesn't bring home any diseases. Because that would mean this coloring page didn't work.


Kurt Onken said...

Tomorrow's the big day for us. Julie's having a harder time than me right now...although wait 'til tomorrow and I'll probably be a basket case. And then, preschool starts for the boy the next day.

Beverly said...

If she doesn't seem to care, then you did a good job preparing her, I say!

Steve said...

All good advice. Thanks for the colouring page.

It's a gradual roll-in for us. Half days for a while, the first of which I stay for. Going every day after only doing 2.5 days a week at pre-school is likely to be the shock.

painted maypole said...

you really should create a link with all your coloring pages.

the crying comes from YOU silly. I know I cried on the first day of Kindergarten, not my daughter. ;)

Kelly said...

She did not say that! lol
I can't believe it. She can't be that old.
Your son will be the cryer...just watch! LOL

Eric said...

Great stuff.. This is the third week of school for my daughter. She's in Pre-K and loves it. She had no separation anxiety. Although when she came home, she would only answer "Fine" when we asked how her day was. I thought that didn't happen until 6th.

creative-type dad said...

Eric -- I asked my daughter yesterday "what did you do at school today!?" and she answered with "nothing."
Apparently our kids have been talking.

Kelly -- Yes, she actually did that's what made the entire day so weird.

Mac and Cheese said...

I think that it's time that I told you my dark secret. Save for one piece of popcorn chicken which I only ate out of morbid curiosity, I did not consume any KFC between the fall of 1991 and the summer of 2005.

Erick Breneman said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. Your comment led me here.

I like this post of yours and think I'll catch up on some previous ones. I love it when the kids say such unexpected things.

TaraMetBlog said...

I was that independent kid, too! I signed myself up for dance lessons when I was supposed to be in daycare!

the weirdgirl said...

We're in the 4th week of kindergarten and the diseases have already started showing up. But that could be a boy thing because he comes home filthy!

Jan Haskins said...

Wow! You have one nice daughter, by the sounds of it. Of course, most kids would cry and have separation anxiety, but it seems like your daughter pushed through it. Haha! I think your tips will be great for others to try out as well. :)
Jan Haskins