I love the start of a new school year because it reminds me of new beginnings and a fresh start for everyone. The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time, especially in Kindergarten. The first day jitters have already been replaced with happy, giggly faces.
Every year it amazes me how quickly 5 and 6 year olds adjust to a new school, new teachers, new friends and a new routine! As parents, I know you are eager to help your child be successful in school and we want to partner with you in doing so.
Parents ask me all the time what they can do to help their child in school so I wanted to share some of my thoughts. In my opinion, one of the most helpful and important things parents can do for their child is to foster their independence.
This can be hard at times but allow your child to try things for themselves before jumping in to do it for them. Examples of this could be giving your child chores to do, allowing them to dress themselves or tie their shoes. This may take time and result in your child experiencing failure but that is okay! We can all learn so much from our failures. Working through tasks helps our problem solving skills as well as develops persistence. This is a life skill that can be developed early in life but it takes intentionality and patience.
One of our main goals for this school year is to help you develop confident, independent children. I’m excited for what this new school year has in store. We have so much to look forward to!