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10 Things to Consider As Your Child Begins Kindergarten This Fall

By Lori Garcia |

Is your kid starting kindergarten this fall? Me too! Isn’t it exciting?

This is my eldest son on his first day of kindergarten nearly five years ago.

I remember practically everything about that big first day. My son was nervous, excited, and proud – as was I. 

I had high hopes for Boy Wonder’s academic career, and why shouldn’t I have? He was smart, inquisitive, and ready to learn.

What I didn’t know then were how dangerously flawed my expectations were. What followed were many painful lessons as my son and I clumsily navigated toward achieving academic and behavioral success. 

As I registered BooBoo to begin kindergarten this fall, I realized just how much I’ve learned in the way of realistic academic expectations.

As you begin filling out those kindergarten registration packets and preparing for the excitement of this fall, I’d like to share a few personal lessons learned. While I know each of your experiences will be unique, I’ve prepared a bit of elementary school wisdom to bear in mind as your child embarks on the road to academia.

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Managing Parental Expectations in Elementary School

Every grade presents unique challenges

I foolishly thought once my son overcame the behavioral challenges of kindergarten, first grade would be a total breeze. Every school year presents new and unique challenges in terms of child development and grade level curriculum.
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Have any elementary school wisdom to add?

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About Lori Garcia


Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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3 thoughts on “10 Things to Consider As Your Child Begins Kindergarten This Fall

  1. Umm Hummm says:

    “Parent-teacher conferences can sting”, lol. no. try sitting in an IEP meeting, year after year, after year, and there being ZERO measurable gains. and knowing there never will be! i would like to add to this list; don’t worry about elementary school too much. your kid will get an “F”, your kid will get the highest grade in the class, your kid will love school, and they will hate school. the chance of anything happening at school that cannot be “fixed” or forgotten about is very unlikely. enjoy the early school years. i have 3 children. the oldest is severely impaired and will require life-long care. she functions at about the level of an 18 month old. after taking that in, there was really nothing anyone could tell me about my other (typically developing) children that would phase me. enjoy the highs, ignore the lows. childhood is precious.

  2. Audri@RediscoveringOurFamily says:

    I agreed with everything that you wrote! I have three kids and my middle child is currently in kindergarten. I thought I had thiskindergarten thing down until a couple of months ago when my child suddenly developed “school phobia” which has really thrown all of us for a loop (I plan to write a post about it later). Anyway, a local magazine asked me to write an article about how to prepare your child for kindergarten emotionally, socially, and educationally. Honestly, in today’s world with all of the pressure kids get in school, I think that it is most important to prepare your child emotionally for kindergarten. And prepare yourself emotionally too because the ride gets rough….

    -Audri @Rediscovering Our Family

  3. Megan says:

    Also do not be afraid to stand up to the teacher if they are truly in the wrong. Bring the issue to the administration if necessary. My son has had 5 wonderful teachers since starting Kindergarten, and 1 awful one. He is very gifted and also has ADHD. His 2nd grade teacher advocated for him and helped us get him placed in a 3rd grade class for math and reading. This year, his 3rd grade teacher fought us tooth and nail, and we barely convinced the school to let him take math with a 4th grade class. THen he was diagnosed(and started taking meds for)ADHD and everyone at the school who worked with him told us what an improvement they saw in maturity/organization/time management since that happened…except for his main 3rd grade teacher. We finally convinced the school to let him skip the last quarter of 3rd grade and finish out 4th grade this year and enroll directly in 5th grade full-time next year. I knew my son was unhappy when his math work wasn’t challenging him at the beginning of last year and this year because he was coming home literally bored to tears every day. I didn’t know how unhappy he was even after the math class move until he moved to 4th grade full time. He’s like a completely different kid. It had gotten to the point with his 3rd grade teacher that we were having to talk to her at least weekly, because she was, essentially, punishing our son for being too smart. We are all much happier now that he’s in a class at his level with a teacher who is 100% on board with the grade skip. He has no issues socially with the other kids either. In fact he gets along better with the 4th graders than he ever did with kids his own age.

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