In some ways, it's much like preschool and day care. But, kindergarten may also involve:
What will Kindergarten be like?
DEALING WITH MORE PEOPLE
A kindergarten is usually part of a larger school. So, your child may deal with more teachers, other school staff and children.
BIGGER CLASS SIZES
Your child may be in a class with 20 children or more. This may mean less individual attention. But, it also means a chance to:
- develop independent work habits
- learn to work and play with a group
- learn from the diversity of classmates.
Most kindergartens have a daily routine. For example, they may use the library and playground only at set times
MORE FOCUS ON LEARNING
Compared to preschool or day care, your child may spend more time doing:
- science and math activities
- reading and writing activities
- pencil and paper exercises.
NEW SETTINGS AND ACTIVITIES
For the first time in his or her life, your child may:
- use a school library
- play in a gym
- eat in a cafeteria
- ride a school bus
Changes like these can help your child grow in many ways. Talk about them in a positive way.