Yesterday I was introduced to the 100+ new Kindergartners that will be attending our school’s Kindergarten this fall. Wow! I do forget how far my current class of Kindergartners has come, how much social, emotional and academic growth they have experienced. I just seem to take this growth for granted until the new class of children arrive and then I remember! Most of yesterday’s visitors easily separated from their parents to come and visit the Kindergarten classroom while their parents listened to speakers in the cafeteria. I said most, the other children cried, hugged Mom/Dad and couldn’t believe that this was really happening to them. Once in the room, most of the children were awestruck and behaved very nicely but then again, a few cried for Mom/Dad and were not one bit interested in singing, hearing a story, or coloring. They just wanted to go home. Parents, if your child is just finishing Kindergarten, take a moment to reflect, as I did yesterday, on just how far he/she has come this past year. Look at this list of 80 skills needed last year for Kindergarten and marvel at your own child and his/her wonderful accomplishments this year and how easy these skills seem now. http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/pdf/cfs/fcpi/transition/kinskil2.pdf
Soon I will be posting skills needed for a smooth transition into first grade, but until then, congratulate your child and yourself for a job well done!