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Limit Extracurricular Activities While Adjusting To Kindergarten

Heading back to school in the fall after enjoying a relaxing summer vacation is a stressful time for most young children.  It is even more stressful when a child is heading off to school for the first time.  For many children this happens when Kindergarten starts.  As a Kindergarten teacher for many years, I can tell you that a day in the life of a Kindergartner is challenging for a 5 year old.  He/she must be able to play, have fun, listen to a new teacher, talk only sometimes, follow classroom rules and directions and always try to do his/her best.  This makes for a very tiring day for a young child.  When a Kindergartner comes home he/she is usually exhausted and this daily exhaustion will last until your child becomes familiar with his/her new daily routine and all that is expected of him/her at school. (Usually sometime in November is when the adjustment is complete.)

Many parents are in a hurry to sign their children up for as many extracurricular activities as possible once the school year begins, but if you want your child to get as much from the extracurricular activities as possible, you would be wise to wait until after the first of the year to enroll your child in activities other than school.  Young children have worked very hard during their school day doing all that has been asked of them by their teacher.  School is a very structured environment and when your child comes home, he/she NEEDS to have time to play in a non-structured environment.  He/she needs some down time in order to practice making decisions on his own (what to play with for example?) and would benefit from having time set aside each day for free play at home.  Parents, help your child adjust to his/her school environment and when your child comes home, please, no extra activities, just time for playing anything that your child chooses.  You will all benefit from the lack of extra activities, especially during the first few months of school. 

 Here is an interesting article on busy children:




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