Is your child headed off to kindergarten this coming fall? Do you feel a little nervous with your son or daughter being away for the whole day or is your child feeling unsure? Moving into kindergarten from preschool, day care or being at home is a big step for many children and parents, but it doesn’t have to be fraught with anxiety or difficulty.  

District 97 and The Collaboration for Early Childhood Care & Education are sponsoring an informative presentation for parents of incoming kindergarten students to discuss today’s kindergarten and offer ideas to help you and your child transition with ease:

Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7 – 8 p.m.

Location: Holmes School Auditorium, 508 N Kenilworth, Oak Park.

Presenters: District 97 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten teachers: Marion Ivey and Jill Pacyna (Longfellow School), Janice Roberts (Hatch School), and Laurie Voltz (Whittier School). 

Bring your questions and these caring, helpful teachers will support you in getting off to a great start.  Below are some helpful tips Julie Bernstein, kindergarten teacher at Holmes School, offers:  

  • Come to your school’s playground over the summer and talk about your child’s new school.  
  • Remind your child that his teacher is always there to help him.  
  • Build up school as an exciting adventure that will be filled with new experiences.  
  • If your child is slightly anxious, let her know it’s not uncommon to feel a little nervous, but reassure your daughter that she’ll do fine.  
  • Mark your calendar for April 27th at 7 pm and bring your questions!

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Melissa Ford

As a coach and OakPark.com blogger, it's my intention to support people to step into a bigger, more powerful version of themselves whether it's in their personal or professional life. LIfe is about living,...