Bronx started Kindergarten this week! Preschool went well for him this past year and he is excited about starting Kindergarten! His Mom and his Mimi aren’t so excited! We can’t believe how fast he is growing up! His first two days went great! After his first day, he told his parents that he would go back again. Glad he made that decision! LOL! Day two wouldn’t have been so easy, if he wouldn’t have wanted to go back.
I have enjoyed keeping him these past 5 years while his mom taught school. He makes me laugh! We have giggled, cuddled, and played! He loves me and I love him! We have learned a lot together and I am sure Tide is going to teach me even more! Bronx is a great big brother! He and Tide are best friends! They play so well together and I know Tide is going to miss him just like I am. Tide & I will have fun, but it won’t be the same without Bronx.
I remember from my boys that the day they walk into Kindergarten class, life is never the same. They have their own schedule and homework. Bedtime becomes very important! He will have classmates who don’t behave like he is expected to. He will learn words and behaviors from them that he won’t be allowed to repeat. He will think he is all grown up! Even with all of the changed, Kindergarten can be a great place too! They learn how to help others and to let others help them. They learn how to be responsible. They learn how to sit and listen. Kindergarten teachers should get an extra jewel in their crown for teaching them that one! They learn so many things, not to mention academics. Lunchtime can be a struggle at first, but soon they learn how to open the food containers and throw away their trash. It doesn’t take long before they decide when they want to eat on the tray and when they want to bring lunch from home. All of a sudden, they are making decisions on their own preferences. All in all, we hope Kindergarten is a fantastic experience! It certainly can set the tone for the remaining school years.
Bronx is excited and ready to go back next week! He loved his new backpack and lunchbox! He was also pretty excited about his new shoes and clothes.
Getting them excited about going can be the biggest part of the battle. There are several things that can be done to ease their transition. Most of these apply to any age, not just Kindergarten.
10 Ways to Make Every Back to School Day Easier
1) Empty Backpacks. When they get home from school or after school care, take a moment and go over the papers in their backpacks. It should only take a few minutes and it will help the rest of your evening go much smoother. You will know if they have homework for that evening and how they did on their returned papers. Not to mention knowing if they have to have something special for the next day. It can be extremely frustrating to find out at 10pm that they have to have a particular item for the next day and you have to make a mad dash to the store when you would much rather be winding down for the evening!
2) Finish Homework. Make sure that their homework is finished as early in the evening as possible. This will take the pressure off of all of you. It is not fun to have homework hanging over your head all evening, however, sometimes our evening schedule doesn’t allow for it to be done early. On those evenings, make the best of it, but as a routine, get it out of the way early. You definitely don’t want them going to bed worrying about having to finish their homework in the morning.
3) Prepare Backpacks. Before bedtime, make sure that everything they need for the next day is in their backpack. Mornings will go much smoother, if their backpacks are already ready for the day.
4) Pack Lunch. If they are taking their lunch to school, pack it the night before. There are very few food items that can’t be packed the night before. Having their lunch boxes packed and ready to grab will make the morning flow go much easier. You won’t have to make last minute decisions about whether they want what you are packing or not. It won’t even have to be discussed during the morning routine.
5) Leaving Location. Have a designated spot for everyone’s next day items to be placed. If you have a certain spot that they are to place everything they need for the next day in, you shouldn’t have to backtrack home after something they forgot. Examples: Gym shoes, Band instruments, Sporting equipment, etc. Having to run back home makes us worry about being late and that usually makes us irritable. This attitude can carry over to school and work. It is much easier to leave home the first time with everything everyone needs for that day. In the evening, before bedtime, make sure they place the items they need for the next day in the designated location.
6) Wardrobe Prep. Lay out clothes, shoes, & accessories before bedtime. Mornings will go much smoother, if everything they need to get dressed has already been picked out and placed in an easy to reach spot.
7) Hygiene. Shower, Bath, and Clean Hair. Bathing at night will also help the morning routine to go easier. If they wake up with unruly hair, a squirt bottle filled with water will usually do the trick.
8) Check in electronic devices. It seems like more and more children have their own tablets and cell phones. If your child has a cell phone or tablet, you may have night time rules, but their friends may not. It is amazing how may children send middle of the night texts. To ensure that your child’s sleep is not interrupted, try having them check in their cell phones and tablets before they go to bed. If you start this when they first get their devices, it won’t be so hard to get them to abide by this rule as they get older. A good nights sleep will help everything go smoother the next day.
9) Bedtime. Have a set bedtime. According to a new study done by the National Sleep Foundation, children ages 6-13 need between 9 and 11 hours of sleep per day. Children ages 3-5 need between 10 and 13 hours of sleep per day.
10) Hugs & Love. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to let them know they are loved. Our days get so busy and we can get so stressed that we forget to let our families know they are first and they are loved. Kids can tell when we are stressed. Stop and take time to let them know how important they are to you and how much you love them. It is nice to hear any time of day. Each member of our family told the other members good night and that they loved them before bedtime every night. It wasn’t something we made them do, it was just something they did. In the mornings, I always wanted the last thing my kids heard from me as I dropped them off at school to be that I loved them. To this day, it does my heart good when our boys tell me they love me and when I hear them tell each other too.
Getting the year off to a great start is important! Hopefully your child is excited about their school year. They are bound to have a great year, with your help & encouragement. Have fun and make the most of every day! These School Years are numbered, K-12, enjoy each one of them!
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