The change from being at home or pre-school for short periods to a full day, five days a week, brings many pressures to bear on a small child. Some may find it difficult to cope, especially in Term 1. You can help your child settle into school by observing some of the following suggestions: Crunch and Sip, Recess and Lunch.
Many children find lunchtime with a large group of children quite disconcerting and eat poorly at the beginning of the year. It is best to give them smaller quantities of known favourites and "top them up" when they arrive home. We prefer that the children take home what they don't eat - this prevents waste and allows you to adjust lunches accordingly. Consider the logistics of eating on a picnic table and pack foods which are less likely to fall apart easily or spill. Please pack healthy choices - fruit/raw vegetables, sandwiches/wraps etc. It is essential for your child to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep every night. A tired child cannot benefit from a full day at school. Kindergarten children often get very tired and feel the strain of being part of a larger group - you will notice this particularly towards the end of the week for the first few months.
Should your child be unhappy at school for any reason, please let us know. We cannot help with a problem unless we know it exists. It would be appreciated if parents could use the time before and after school for interviews and not class time. Kindergarten classes are full of constant activity and any interruptions can cause considerable disruption.
Please send your child on time each day and every day, since regular attendance at school is essential for progress. Let your child talk to you about his/her experiences. It is important that you share in his/her new life. Do not be surprised when you find that the children in Kindergarten are not taught all the formal prayers which older children and adults use. A five-year-old child should be allowed to speak to God in a five-year-old way; parents can do much to foster a love of informal prayer in young children.
Develop the same routine for drop-offs in the morning. Always tell your child when you are leaving, reassure them if they are anxious, that you will return. Alert the teacher if it becomes apparent your child is becoming upset and leave quickly. The school will ring you to confirm that your child has settled. If you give into your child the first time, it will quickly develop into a habitual pattern which will make the start of the day traumatic for all concerned.
Our transition commences with our Meet Your Buddy Day where our new Kindergarten children attend school to meet their Year 6 buddy. The Year 6 buddy will write to their Kinder buddy beforehand in Term 3. We then have play-dates throughout Term 4 focusing on literacy and numeracy and on music. This is a great time not only for the students to get to know each other but also for the parents.