transition to elementary school

Preparing Your Preschooler for the Transition to Elementary School

Posted on May 7, 2019 : Posted in Legacy Academy, Parenting Tips
transition to elementary school

LMany parents feel anxious as their children approach kindergarten. Thankfully, this is a sentiment that is rarely shared by their children. Instead, children tend to be thrilled about the new adventure in front of them. However, parental anxiety is understandable considering the big change that kindergarten can be. Instead of worrying, there are plenty of ways that parents can ease the transition to elementary school. With careful preparation, the whole family will be excited and ready.

Maintain a Positive Attitude

When parents are clearly unsure or stressed, children often adopt the same attitude. To help your child feel good about the transition to kindergarten, work hard to maintain a positive attitude about the change. If your child expresses worries about moving to elementary school, listen sympathetically and encourage your child however you can. Also, when you feel the need to express any concerns about the coming change, move outside of your child’s earshot to have those conversations. Pinpointing your specific concerns and creating an action plan to address them will help soothe your anxiety.

Focus on Communication Skills

The ability to clearly communicate is one of the best tools you can give your child to encourage elementary school success. This is true for academic success as well as peer interactions and other important relationships. To help your child develop these skills, encourage them to speak clearly and in full sentences. Practice good manners, and roleplay common social situations. Additionally, if you notice your child struggling to advocate for themselves or say what they mean, coach them through those moments to help the transition to elementary school.

Get Involved

Parents who are involved in their children’s schools and classrooms have a much better sense of their child’s successes and challenges. Many kindergarten classes have several opportunities for parents to help in the classroom. Obviously, not all parents can be present during the school day. However, even making a point to attend open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and other school events will connect you to your child’s school experience. Many elementary schools host events for incoming kindergarteners and their families. If possible, take advantage of these opportunities to be involved.

Develop Responsibility

While kindergarteners still receive significant support at school, teaching your child personal responsibility will assist them throughout their elementary school journey. Practice responsibility by encouraging your child to follow through on tasks. This may mean clearing the table after meals, cleaning up toys, or keeping track of personal belongings. While no child in preschool will do these things perfectly, beginning to practice them early helps children succeed later. The transition to elementary school includes more responsibility, and practicing beforehand will benefit your child.

Ask Teachers for Feedback

Your child’s preschool teachers are excellent resources to help your child prepare for kindergarten. Most preschools give regular feedback to parents regarding their children’s kindergarten readiness. If you are unsure of your child’s challenges or need direction, ask your child’s teacher for input. After spending many days with your child, a teacher can offer suggestions for skills to practice to prepare for the upcoming transition. Teachers can also offer insight regarding any particular concerns you have about your child’s school readiness.

The transition to elementary school is an exciting time. Your child is entering a new phase of life that will include learning, growth, and friendships. While some parents and children feel anxious about the move to kindergarten, there are plenty of ways that you can prepare your family for this change. When you are positive about the coming transition, your attitude is contagious and helps your child be excited too. Through attention and planning, you will give your child everything they need to be successful. Are you looking for a preschool that will support your family through the transition to elementary school? Consider Legacy Academy, where your child’s success is our goal. Call or visit one of our locations today for more information.