#GrowHappy: Preparing Your Child for Kinder School Opening

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Getting Ready for a #GrowHappy Kinder School Opening

School opening is fast approaching and parents are already preparing their children for when the classes start. In our family, what we are preparing for is kinder school opening for our little Shane.

preparing for kinder school opening - Bright Kids Preschool - Bacolod preschool
Little Shane is so ready for kinder school opening in a week’s time. She will be attending Bright Kids Preschool.

By now, you already know that we are homeschooling in Bacolod. Our eldest Dindin will continue her studies under our provider, School of Tomorrow. She is already finishing Level 4.

Meanwhile, just like her older sister, Shane will undergo formal Kinder school at Bright Kids Preschool. Our main reason is that we wanted both kids to know what school set up is like. This will also discipline them for the school routine before homeschooling them. This has worked for Dindin and we are highly anticipating the results with Shane.

Additionally, it saves me from having to teach them how to write myself. Honestly, I do not have the patience to do so. By the time they are in Level 1, they will be ready to read and write and tackle their PACES.

Tips on How to Prepare for Kinder School Opening

Complete all school requirements.

Good preschools like Bright Kids Preschool are very meticulous about school requirements. Parents are already provided with the list of the things that their kids will be needing. Some of these things will have to be submitted for safekeeping in the school. To avoid getting harassed going back and forth trying fulfill requirements, complete everything and submit them on time.

Adjust the kids’ body clock.

Young children are usually hard to wake up in the morning. You cannot expect them to adapt easily to early morning class schedules. While many of us go on family vacations and indulge our children in endless play time during the summer, you need to allot days for the children to adjust their body clock. For some, it may even take a couple of weeks.

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It’s actually a challenge to wake Shane up early in the morning.

Make adjustments in your home. Estimate the number of hours that your child sleeps. Put them to bed earlier and wake them up at the time that they are supposed to for kinder school opening. This will prevent the drama that comes with this new season in their young lives. In special cases, this will also help ease the separation anxiety that some young children feel at the start of the school year.

Set up a school day routine.

It will help if you simulate a normal school day routine. Have your preschooler eat an early dinner with the family (preferably with all family members, if possible) and afterwards, ease into their bedtime routine. Gadgets should be avoided at this time. After all, the teachers will also discourage you from allowing the kids to use gadgets during school days.

In the morning, set up your school day routine before kinder school opening. Which would you prefer, give them a bath in the morning or at night? If it’s in the morning, you will need to wake your child up some minutes earlier to accommodate a full bath. Then they would have to eat breakfast, brush teeth, comb hair, wear their school uniform, and other things.

Practice basic academic skills at home.

Brush up your child’s reading and writing skills at home. It doesn’t have to be a stringent regimen. It could just be reading labels and signs and just letting them copy stuff. That will still contribute to their training.

preparing for kinder school opening - writing skills for preschoolers
Shane practices her writing skills at home in preparation for kinder school opening.

These things may not seem significant, but the seeds of learning that you have planted in them will surely bear fruit.

Train them on hygienic practices.

The brushing of teeth will have to be done at home. But do train them about simple hygienic practices that they can do in school. Some of them include:

  • Using the toilet paper properly
  • Washing hands after using the toilet
  • How to deal with the sneezes
  • Blowing the nose
  • Using utensils
  • Eating snacks properly
  • Sanitizing

Build up their health.

I think I don’t need to emphasize how important health is, especially when preschool kids are starting school. Their emotions are still not developed and who knows the exact depth of their feelings for this new phase in their lives. Their worries and volatile emotions may manifest in their physical well-being.

Feed them and build that habit of eating nutritious foods and balanced meals. Throughout the summer, maintain their multi vitamin supplements as well their daily dose of Vitamin C. Maintain these throughout the school year.

preparing for kinder school opening - drink milk
Shane enjoys a glass of milk in the morning and most especially in the evenings.

Additionally, give your preschooler a good quality milk supplement like Nestokid for them to grow happy. Click here where to get them: bit.ly/GrowHappyTipsSigrid

Deworming.

The least of the concerns of young children is sanitation and eating clean food. They can have unwanted boarders in their gut so it’s best to get them dewormed before classes start. Parasitic infection will really affect their health and overall performance in school. It is best to do this before school starts so that your child’s body can still recuperate after the parasites have been flushed out.

Additionally, to strengthen their gut flora, give them probiotics.

Condition the emotions.

Separation anxiety is real for some children. It would be good to talk to your child about the upcoming school opening, how exciting the school is, and meeting new friends. As you build up excitement, leave out yourself in the equation. You may also practice “leaving” your child at a relative’s or a friend’s house for a play date, even for just 15-30 minutes and then come back to pick her up. That will build up confidence.

Cover the kinder school opening in prayer.

No matter how much we work on it and how much we try, we cannot be with our kids 24/7. Let us cover them with prayer as they start school, including protection, guidance, and wisdom upon them as well as their teachers. Teach your kids to pray for themselves, their teachers, and their classmates as well.

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Shane’s school uniform.

In our family, it would be Shane’s reaction to disappointment and frustrations. She can throw a good, old solid tantrum at times. So  for those times, we rest and let God.


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