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Old 01-22-2009, 05:45 PM
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Many school systems set a cutoff date for potential students to have their birthdays by to be eligible to enroll for the new school year, such as having turned five years old no later than September 30 or October 31. If your child will be turning five years old in the late summer or early fall, consider whether or not he or she is emotionally prepared to start Kindergarten at that time. If you feel that your child may not be ready, there is no shame in holding them back and starting them the following year when they are six years old. In fact, taking this step now will probably be easier than having your child repeating Kindergarten if need be, since even small children know what it means to be "left back" and will wonder why their friends may be advancing when they are not.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:26 PM
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Make sure that you meet your child's teacher. This is why schools have Open House nights, so that the parent can be acquainted with who is instructing their child during this important time in their lives. Many schools also remain open throughout portions of the summer, and will allow you to meet the teacher or teachers ahead of time so you and your child are both ready on the first day. Also, be sure to keep contact with the teacher throughout the school year, so you can fully monitor your child's progress.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:26 PM
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Try to keep your child on as much of a normal schedule or routine as possible. When your child starts Kindergarten, they will become used to arriving at the same time each day, eating lunch at the same time each day, taking rests at the same time each day, learning the same subjects at the same time each day, and going home at the same time each day. If routines such as these can also be established at home (i.e. waking up at the same time, playing, going to bed at the same time), this will help your child greatly.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:27 PM
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Make sure your child eats a balanced diet. If possible, serve him or her a good breakfast before school, and a healthy dinner each night. If you pack your child's lunch, make sure it is nutritious as well as tasty. If your child eats the school lunch, check with the cafeteria to see what is on the menu and to make sure that your child is not eating too much junk.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:27 PM
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At the Kindergarten age, sleep is very important to your child. It is better that your child sleep long throughout the night (such as between ten and twelve hours per night) and take only a short rest during the day, then to take a long afternoon nap, since this will inhibit the sleep later at night. Do what you can to ensure a long and good night's sleep for your child. Even if your child argues about going to bed, make sure that by 8 PM or so, your child knows that all activities are over and that it is at least time to "rest."
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Try not to pressure your child too much. Children often learn at different paces from one another. If you feel there is a certain area in which your child needs to do better or work harder, consult with the teacher to see what he or she has to say, and work together with the teacher to ensure your child's ultimate success.
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Teachers have limited options for discipline if your child has a behavior issue at school. If your child's teacher calls or sends a note home with your child about a behavior problem, do not immediately blame the teacher. Contact the teacher and listen to what he or she has to say to make sure that you understand the issue fully. If there is a behavior issue, discipline your child to reinforce the authority the teacher has in the classroom.
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Try to reflect a positive attitude about school and schoolwork. If you had a good experience in Kindergarten, share it with your child. Encourage your child and reward their efforts. If they've made a painting during art class, post it on the refrigerator so everyone can see it. Let your friends know how well your child is doing in school.
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Attend activities at your child's school, even if the activity doesn't directly involve your child. This will be a good way to get to know the school's administration and other teachers who may be teaching your child in years to come. Your child will also get to learn more about the school experience this way.
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Be sure to join the PTA or PTO that your child's school may have. This is also a good way to be more involved with the activities going on inside your child's classroom and school overall.
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Make sure your kindergartener can declare his or her "independence" from Mommy or Daddy.

Make sure he or she can tie his own shoes, button her own coat, and clean up after himself or herself after using the bathroom. Your kindergarten teacher will thank you!
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If your child enters Kindergarten and already knows how to read and write, some school districts will allow the child to skip directly to first grade. If you are approached by your school about doing this with your child, do not rush into the decision. Sure, your child may be able to read and write, but they may not emotionally be ready to make the leap to the next grade. See how your child is doing relating to others in Kindergarten (and to others in life in general) before making the move.
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