Preparing to Start Grade School
Hints for preparing and exciting your child for his first year of school.
By: Gregory Germain, MD
Many childhood milestones can generate a wide range of emotions. And the first day of school is a perfect example. Starting school can be both exciting and daunting for kids in this age group. Some children meet the first day of school as an adventure and look forward to meeting it. Some children cry and cling on a daily basis until Thanksgiving.
Your child will, no doubt, have lots of feelings about this milestone. If you have older children who have been in school, your grade schooler probably has a good idea about what school entails. If he doesn’t have siblings, it’s a great idea to get some books, rent some movies and have him fully ready the summer before he starts school. You might visit the school well in advance of its start. Let him play on the playground. Together, make multiple “audition” trips. Meet the teacher in advance if possible. Invite the class to meet for a “playdate” at the school playground prior to the start of the school year.
Everyday learning lessons
Preparing your child for school can be good bonding time for the two of you. You can even make a game out of it, talking about learning wherever you go.
Here are some of the ways to introduce your child to lifelong learning:
- Have lunch at an ethnic restaurant and talk about the country where the food comes from.
- Visit a local museum to open your child’s eyes to the wonders of art, science or history.
- Explore an old church or cemetery and make history come alive.
- Have your child add up the number of flavors at the ice cream parlor.
- When you go food shopping have your child count your change.
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