Additional tips to ease kindergarten jitters |

Additional tips to ease kindergarten jitters

Additional tips to ease kindergarten jitters

While in Grass Valley back in August, I read Cory Fisher’s article on “kindergarten jitters.” Nice work, Cory. A good way to help parents ease into having their “babies” go off on their own.

I am a retired kindergarten teacher and I’d like to add two more ideas that our school used to ease into this big step.

About a week before school started, our kindergartners had an open house for parents and children. We opened our classrooms from 5 to 7 p.m. and served cookies and punch. The children had a chance to meet the teacher, play in the enclosed playground, see the bathroom and explore the wonderful books and toys we had. All this with parents by their side.

But, the best trick of all is to have the teacher wear the same clothes on the first day of school that were worn for the open house. This helps the new kindergartners remember that they were here before, and already know the teacher and what they can do. Maybe these two ideas will be useful for next year. I always wanted my students to cry because they couldn’t come to school, rather than cry because they had to!

Sara Robertson

Vallejo, Calif.

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