D.Z. asks from Chardon, OH on August 19, 2009
How Can I Make My Daughters 1St Day at Kindergarten Special??
My oldest daughter is starting kindergarten next Wednesday. I really want to make her 1st day special and was wondering if you all have any ideas? So far, she seems really excited about it but I'm not certain she totally comprehends what a huge change this will be. Also, any suggestions for making my last few days with her special would be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks in advance
M.M. answers from Dayton on August 20, 2009
first thing, does the school have an open house before the school starts? i know my son's school does the day before and when he started kindergarten, we made a big deal of going the day before and seeing his classroom, teacher, where he was going to sit, etc. then my husband and myself was there the first day to walk him to the bus and took pics and also when he got off the bus. this year, he is doing a sleepover at grandma's this weekend as the last hurrah before school.
P.D. answers from Cleveland on August 20, 2009
I read the book "The Kissing Hand" by Audery Penn (I'm pretty sure that's how you spell her name) to my kids before their first day. None of them were afraid of school...just very excited. Reading this book let them know that I was excited for them and that being a little apprehensive was ok too. We went out for ice cream after school was out and that was a huge treat! Good luck!
L.K. answers from Elkhart on August 20, 2009
I read somewhere to get a locket & put a picture of mommy & daddy in it to make her feel like she still has you with her. I found a $ store locket & did that for my daughter 10 yrs ago. She still has it tucked away.
Good luck, I know she is going to love kindergarten.
K.Z. answers from Cleveland on August 23, 2009
I sent my oldest son off to college today....so your post brought back many memories. In some ways Kindergarten was tougher, in some ways not!
I don't remember doing anything particularly special the week before, just normal summer stuff--beach, park etc (but we wre still unpacking from a move, so maybe it has all blurred together).
Maybe she would like to pick out what to have for dinner the night before?
One thing we try to do at least once during the summer is to meet my husband for lunch at Pizza Hut. Maybe you could do something similar? have a picnic with Dad?
Definitely take photos! I went to a graduation open house for one of my son's friends (well, actually a bunch of open houses lol) and his mom had taken his photo at the screen door every year on the first day of school, usually with backpack on and lunchbox in hand. That way you'd see how he grew each year. She had all those photos in one little album so you could see the progression. When his younger sister started school the mom did photos of both of them together also. It was really sweet.
We have taken pictures (sometimes before school, sometimes after) and it is now hard to remember which year it was, so definitely label them, or have the child hold something in the photo ( a big "K" for this year,a big "1" for 1st grade, etc) to help you on that.
Also our elementary would let the parents follow the bus to school and get a picture as the kids got off the bus; I think I was even allowed to take a picture of my younger son in his kindergarten and first grade classrooms.
M.B. answers from Lafayette on August 20, 2009
How special! =) Last year, my daughter started Kindergarten. I took some time off from work to drive her to school & pick her up on that first day. Then, I took her out for ice cream -- just the two of us. It was great!
D.H. answers from Cincinnati on August 20, 2009
Every kid is different but I agree with the person who said earlier to keep it simple. Most of my kids were nervous the first day so I just took their pictures (one even refused to let me take her picture on the first day so I had to take it on day 2!). But I do like the idea of afterwards going out for ice cream. By then all the pressure is off.
H.F. answers from Toledo on August 20, 2009
take alot of photos. get new clothes for her and do her hair if wanted.
S.C. answers from Indianapolis on August 20, 2009
Have her bring in some treats or a "goodie bag" for all of the students. That will help them all warm up to each other. She will feel extra special.