Preparing Your Little One For Kindergarten

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Is your little one ready for Kindergarten? Our son is starting Kindergarten this September and we have been talking about preparing for it. We are not at all worried about him having mastered specific skills and we are instead focusing on his attitude and how he feels about starting Kindergarten. Considering your child’s readiness to learn is also key.

Below are some ideas on how we have been preparing for Kindergarten:

Developing and Keeping Routines: We have a pretty good daily routine with regular times for him to wake-up, eat, play and sleep each day. Creating routine is very important especially if your child has not been to daycare or preschool before as school is all about routine and schedules.

Ensure that Your Child Has Enough Sleep at Night: Going to full-day school can be exhausting for little ones, they need to get enough sleep at night and going to bed at an adequate time is very important. Make sure they go to bed early each night.

Read with Your Child Daily: Little ones learn a lot from reading with you, they build new vocabulary, learn how to recognize letters and more. Make it a fun daily activity!

Socialize with Other Children: Take your little one to the park, playdates, playgroups, the Science Centre and other places where he can spend time with other children. It’s important for him to practice meeting new people, sharing, taking turns, etc.

Ensure That Your Child is Fully Potty-Trained: Children must be fully potty-trained before starting Kindergarten. Make sure they are able to use the toilet and know how to properly clean themselves and wash their hands after. Tip: We used Kandoo Flushable wipes during the latest stages of potty-training as those were super easy to use and helped him do a good job, easy to carry with you as well.

Get Excited About Kindergarten: Talk about Kindergarten with your child. Go to the school’s orientation and allow him to get comfortable with his new school. It will be an easier transition if he is familiar with the school and Kindergarten is not a surprise. Create excitement around it and this will help lessen any anxiety.

How are you preparing your little one for Kindergarten? 

Disclosure: I am a Kandoo Ambassador, however all views and opinions are my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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19 responses to “Preparing Your Little One For Kindergarten”

  1. Dandi D — May 13, 2015 @ 4:11 am (#)

    These are some great tips to remember. My son will be in kindergarten next year.

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  2. kathy downey — May 13, 2015 @ 9:31 am (#)

    Great tips,Kindergarten is such a big step.

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  3. Aeryn Lynne — May 13, 2015 @ 11:10 am (#)

    Socializing with other children is a big thing! Not out of choice, my nephew didn’t socialize with any children much in his first few years of life, simply because he lived in a very rural area. It was really difficult for him for the first few months of kindergarten, before xmas break, ’cause all of the sudden there were these little people his size, and he didn’t know what to do with that. Anyway, great tips, they’re spot on. 🙂

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  4. Little Miss Kate — May 13, 2015 @ 12:14 pm (#)

    Let them shop with you to pick out indoor shoes and and a back pack for school. If they were the ones to pick it out they are more likely to use it.

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    • Angela V — May 13th, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

      That’s a great tip!

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  5. Jenn — May 13, 2015 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    Ok now that the kids are ready for kindergarden, what about MOMMY???? You would think after 3 times, I’d be ready to send DD3 off to kindergarden in the fall but I’m not!! I am struggling harder then the first!

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    • Angela V — May 13th, 2015 @ 4:27 pm

      Totally get it! I am already freaking out a bit, such a long day! I’ll miss the little guy!

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  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen — May 13, 2015 @ 6:22 pm (#)

    If you get your child excited about going to Kindergarten then a lot of the anxiety will disappear. In Germany on the very first day children get a School Cone, which is a decorated, closed cone, fairly large, filled with toys, chocolate, candies, school supplies, and various other goodies. It is given to children to make this anxiously awaited first day of school a little bit sweeter. Children get excited to go to school to get one and see what’s inside.

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  7. Randa @ TBK — May 13, 2015 @ 9:47 pm (#)

    This September will be preschool, my heart is full but breaking at the same time.

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  8. paula schuck — May 14, 2015 @ 7:52 am (#)

    It’s been many years since the girls started kindergarten But we did a tonne of prep with each of them. We started by visiting the school so they got used to knowing where they were going. We started maybe even before that with introducing them to half time preschool so they started to understand the social rules of being in a classroom with other playmates. We also attended all of those TVNELP things they did here which were really just a series of short afternoon visits to the classroom in the school to sort of gauge whether they had any speech delays or issues that someone might identify before entry. I had one who was reading and so ready to go to school. The other needed a bit more help separating!

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  10. Layne — May 18, 2015 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    These are great tips! I agree that going to bed early helps with kindergarten success!

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  11. Stephanie LaPlante — May 24, 2015 @ 6:59 am (#)

    I can’t imagine how exciting and scary it must be to see your baby grow up and go to kindergarten! He’s so cute!

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  12. Melinda L. — May 25, 2015 @ 8:22 am (#)

    Excellent tips! It’s going to be an exciting and nervous moment….since it’s a pretty huge step!

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  13. kathy downey — May 26, 2015 @ 8:00 am (#)

    I always let the children pick out their own backpack,lunch bags sneakers and jackets for school

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  14. Rebecca H — June 27, 2015 @ 6:46 am (#)

    my L/O is starting JK this September. I feel like she’s too young to be out there, but, I think I will always see her as a baby!!! This is going to be a hard bond to break, for me, not her! She is excited, I have been dreading Sept 2015 for 2 years now! I’m going to miss her!

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  15. Victoria Ess — August 6, 2015 @ 5:43 pm (#)

    All of these are really good tips! Getting your child comfortable around other children is really important!

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  16. kathy downey — November 11, 2015 @ 8:10 am (#)

    My son will be in kindergarten next year,his little friend went this year and when they play i hear him asking questions

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  17. kathy downey — November 20, 2015 @ 2:13 pm (#)

    With my granddaughter excitment went to fright when she realized i was going home

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