At this time of year, children are reuniting with school friends and re-establishing their school year routine. The various academic, social and organized activities available to children at school are an important part of their social and emotional growth, learning readiness and academic achievement.
Parents often feel excitement, apprehension, pride and a feeling of emptiness as their child prepares to enter school. While preschool children have had many opportunities to play with other children and attend programs to help prepare them for school, the first few months of kindergarten set the stage for a child's early learning experiences and success in school.
Parents can help to ensure that their child has a successful start in school by arranging a visit to the school. This visit provides the opportunity to show where the bus goes, the cafeteria where they will eat and where the bathrooms are located while also easing the child's fears and anxieties.