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How to Help Your Kindergartner Succeed
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How to Help Your Kindergartner Succeed

April 12, 2018

As this school year is winding down, we are already thinking about how our students can be prepared and successful next school year! Here are 10 tips on how to help your kindergartner succeed:

1. Pray for your child, their teacher, and their classmates.

Prayer is an important and powerful tool as followers of Christ. Pray for strength and discernment for the teacher. Pray for strong, positive relationships among the students. Pray that your child will grow deeper in a relationship with the Lord, in academics, and in relationships. Pray for our school and our leadership.

2. Please make attendance and punctuality a priority!

Our teachers spend lots of time preparing for every school day and want to pour into your child every chance they get. Showing up late or frequently missing school disrupts the routine and can make it harder for the teacher to get each student the information they need to learn along with the class.

3. Establish a pattern of responsibility in your child from the first day of school.

Going to kindergarten is a big step, and it comes with many new responsibilities your child hasn’t had before. Help them learn how to make sure they have everything they need for school, enforce listening, a good attitude, and heart for serving others. Develop a system to stay organized and help your child learn that system.


4. Please plan family vacations at times when school is not in session.

Believe it or not, students who attend school more end up learning more! The school year is full of many breaks and days off, and it’s easier for the teachers to have all students present as much as possible so your child doesn’t have to catch up. It’s also important for fostering a healthy classroom environment where students are comfortable learning with each other and working together.

5. Please keep your child home if they are obviously ill!

This is the one case where we encourage not coming to school! Schools are one of the top places where germs spread the fastest. Keeping your child home if they are sick is best for not only their class, but all the students, faculty, and staff at the school. Also keep in mind that children cannot come to school if they have vomited within 24 hours – even if they seem better.


6. Foster a positive attitude toward classmates, teachers, and WCGS.

Parents partner with WCGS to help grow their child’s heart and mind for Jesus Christ. We encourage you to help your child seek the positive in the classroom and at school. Teach, model, and expect respectful actions and words. Teach them that hard days happen, but the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Our teachers, faculty, and staff all seek out opportunities to help the students learn and know they are cared for. Positive attitudes in the classroom make learning easier and fun!

7. Demonstrate interest in their work and in caring for the papers they bring home.

Part of fostering a positive attitude in your child is encouraging and showing interest in the work they are doing in school! When they see that you care about their work, they are more likely to care about their work. Chances are that they are also proud of their work and want to show it off! Not only will this make a positive impact in the child and classroom, but also in the parent-child relationship.

 

8. Sign up to help in the classroom!

There are many things that happen in Kindergarten to help your child learn and grow. These include field trips, activity days, and many more fun things! But it’s on these days that teachers need extra help to make sure everything goes smoothly with the kids so they can get the best experience. Plus, students love to have their parents in the classroom with them!

9. Prioritize outside-of-school activities so your child is not over-scheduled.

A regular bedtime, opportunity to relax, and good habits of nutrition have a huge effect on school performance. It’s important to make sure that your child has a healthy balance of time so that they can give their all in school and in their other activities.

10. Make the family dinner table a priority for daily debriefing.

Encourage your child to talk about their day to the family at dinner. Let them express their feelings, share the various activities they did, and what they learned. Fostering a good home relationship plays into many areas in a child’s life. Plus, these dinners may become some of the family’s favorite memories together!

Do you have any more tips for helping your kindergartner be successful? Let us know!