It’s a bittersweet moment when your little one goes off to private kindergarten. Part of you is excited for them to begin their education journey, make new friends, and learn about the world, and the other part is scared to let them go and worried that you won’t be there should they need your help.
Facing those fears is an important part of both your child’s Montessori kindergarten experience and your experience as a parent, and while there might be some uneasiness, there are things you can do to help ensure that your child succeeds in private kindergarten.
Become Acquainted with Their School
Learning everything you can about how your child’s private kindergarten operates can not only help them succeed but also help you feel more comfortable about where you’re sending them every weekday.
Take a look at the school’s website, speak with administrators and teachers, and connect with other parents online to learn as much as you can about the school’s systems, policies, philosophies, and values.
Attend Parent-Teacher Meetings
If you want to stay connected with what’s going on in your child’s classroom, developing a relationship with their teacher is key. This can be done in a variety of ways, but one of the best is to simply attend parent-teacher meetings.
These meetings are intended to give you an idea of how your child is doing in school, but they can also be a time for you to ask questions, take notes, and develop a rapport with the teacher.
Help Them Learn Outside of School
While there are certain things you won’t be able to impart to your child before they enter their Montessori kindergarten, there are plenty that you can teach them. Doing so will help them to excel once they’re in the classroom setting.
Teaching your child basic math skills like counting, adding, and subtracting will give them a great foundation for when they begin their formal math education. Allowing them to read as much as possible will help their comprehension as well as their communication skills.
Additionally, giving them frequent opportunities to socialize will make getting along with classmates and making friends a lot easier.
Be a Great Example
You are providing a blueprint for attitude and behavior during every moment you spend with your child. If you can show them that you love to learn, you’re curious, and you take education seriously, they’re likely to follow suit.
One of the best ways to show your love for education is to review with your child what they have been learning every day and help to reinforce it at home.
Set Your Child Up for Success at Montessori Fremont
Mission Valley Montessori offers toddler care, preschool, and kindergarten programs that inspire children to love learning. Our toddler care, preschool, and kindergarten programs are best suited for children aged 18 months to 6 years. It is our aim to help your child reach their greatest potential. Reach out today to begin your journey with Mission Valley Montessori.