Getting ready for kindergarten- tips?

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Getting ready for kindergarten- tips?

Our 2007 baby will be going off to kindergarten this fall. Any tips from the veterans?

What to expect, how your kid(s) did with it, ideas for fun healthy lunches?

She's been going to daycare 3x/week, but this will be her first time being away from me Monday through Friday! Might be a rough transition for both of us! Wink

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My 2008 starts kindergarten in the fall. He is my 3rd to begin school. My other 2 had very easy transitions and they attended 2 or 3 days of preschool a week. If she is used to daycare, then kindergarten shouldn't be much different. Is it half or full day? Ours is half so it really wasn't that many hours away from me. Full might be a bigger change.

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Ours is full day.

She's super excited about it right now, and keeps asking how much longer till she gets to start!

Hope she's still this excited a few weeks in!

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DD1 starts this fall. She was in full time daycare / preschool but we just moved and I'm not working so she is at home for the summer.

I just registered her at her new school and they sent home a list of things like make sure they can put their coats and shoes on, sit for 10minutes of stories, use basic craft stuff like glue sticks and writing utensils

I think we will go there a few times over the summer to play so the place is familiar.

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putting on taking off shoes, jackets - quickly, I have a slow poke (and he just finished grade 2 and is still slow)
writing their own name
knowing abc's 123's (half my son's kindergarten class had no idea what the letters looked like! :eek:)
scissors, glue sticks

is is hard to think back 3 years and what I noticed in other kids, he had one girl in his class who did not know her alphabet at the end of kindergarten! they had worksheets that went home weekly that they traced the letters on and practiced writing, this little girl never brought any of these sheets back

our schools have a home reading program, where every night the kids were either to read themselves (one word/page) or have the parents read, I think in kinder it was 15 minutes. Robbie was reading before kinder (the only one in the class) and finished the year reading easy chapter book, but that is not normal

label EVERYTHING! kids forget what their stuff looks like, we had no issues getting our stuff back as everything had Robbie's name on them. I use Mabel's Labels.

for lunches - here most schools are peanut free so that limits things. I cut Robbie's sandwiches with cookie cutters sometimes and he loves it, I know schools here prefer if you use reusable containers, I make our own lunchables (meat, cheese, crackers). Now that he is in grade 2 (today is his last day) I would sometimes send stuff that he can heat up in the microwaves, last year I did not feel comfortable doing that as the kids have to do their own microwaving. I can remember when I was in school a boy that would bring hotdogs in a thermos of chicken noodle soup, he would take the wiener out of the soup and put it on a bun. I thought that was pretty cool and that was in the 70's.

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Margaret, you rock! Lots of great tips, thanks!

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"indianajones" wrote:

Margaret, you rock! Lots of great tips, thanks!

Glad to help. And you WILL cry that first day.

One thing I have done each year is take a picture the first day and the last day. I take them against the door so we can see the growth. The pictures go in his school memories book. I also take a picture each year with his teacher, well his grade 1 teacher would not allow me to take her picture.

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Some of my kids favorite lunches:

Sandwiches
Leftover Mac n cheese/other pastas
Yogurt, fruit, granola
homemade lunchables
leftover soups/stews

So I got these wonderful food thermos' that we use for hot and cold food. They are called "funtainers" made by thermos. They have both food and drink containers and matching lunchboxes (lots of kid-friendly character choices too). The food actually stays hot, or cold in them until lunch. For the yogurt, I put yogurt in the thermos and then add chopped fruit/berries, and a sprinkling of granola. My kids love them! Hot lunches I put hot water in the thermos to let it get warm while I nuke the leftovers, then pour the water out and put the food in--seems to stay hotter longer that way (our kids can't microwave things at school). But it gives us more choices than sandwiches all the time to have the hot thermos.

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"Hollsie" wrote:

So I got these wonderful food thermos' that we use for hot and cold food. They are called "funtainers" made by thermos. They have both food and drink containers and matching lunchboxes (lots of kid-friendly character choices too).

I have to see if we can get these here. Although the school has a bunch of microwaves that Robbie could use there is a line-up for them and he is so slow doing everything.

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G loves uncrustables. I try to add in plenty of fruits and veggies, but he's a light eater at lunch.