For a stress-free start to kindergarten

For a stress-free start to kindergarten
Listen to her experiences, letting her tell you about them at her own pace. Often, she won’t talk about her activities as much as her emotions.
  • Be present during the first weeks: bring your child to school in the morning and pick her up after school.
  • Don’t ask too much of her. For example, avoid asking her too many questions the first day, such as: “Did you make any friends?” “Do you like your teacher?” and so on. Give her time to make friends and discover her school.
  • Listen to her experiences, letting her tell you about them at her own pace. Often, she won’t talk about her activities as much as her emotions (why she was happy, why she was sad).
  • Don’t hide from her the fact that this transition is a challenge for everyone. That’s right: starting school is difficult for the whole family. New routines, tighter schedules, countless things to think about, school supplies, etc. Everyone needs to adjust.
  • Wait until grade 2 before enrolling your child in extracurricular activities. Here’s a statistic that may convince you: 95% of children enrolled in a musical activity before age 7 drop out within the next 3 years. “Extracurricular activities are better appreciated in grade 2. Leave grade 1 for adapting to school and simple family activities,” urges Nicole Malenfant, Early Childhood Education Techniques teacher at Collège Édouard-Montpetit.