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Helping a Kid Ease Into Kindergarten

One mom would love the inside scoop.

From an Eagle Rock mom:

It’s been a big month for our family. My 5-year-old son has just started kindergarten in Eagle Rock. He went to nursery school in Pasadena and so doesn’t have a lot of local friends—and none in his class.

He has been happy about going to school right down the street but the experience has also left him a little nervous. The kids in his class are nice enough but many of them have known each other since they were toddlers.

My son can't compete with that history. He says that the other boys play with each other and that he hasn't really made any friends yet.

Can anyone who has kids at the Eagle Rock elementary schools offer some advice? What are the kids generally like? What can I do to ease my son's first few weeks? Should I talk to the teacher about his lack of old friendships?

Finally, any special treats or notes I should put in my son's backpack or lunch box?

mj September 14, 2011 at 07:12 PM
My daughter went to Kindergarten in Eagle Rock and she met few friends that she had from another childcare center where she was before but she was also able to find new friends as well as the days goes by. In fact she even became closer to those new classmates that she had so just tell your kid to relax and when you take him to school try to mingle with the kids and introduce your son with his new classmates. That's what I did during the first week of my daughter's first week in her Kindergarten. Now she's in first grade and she only has 3 classmates from her Kindergarten in the classroom but she's extra happy to meet new friends. Just explain to your son that it's good to know new friends and it just take time before he can be really close to someone. Or you may also try to exert extra effort by bringing stickers he can share w/ his new friends.
Staci September 15, 2011 at 03:26 AM
When our younger son entered kindergarten at Eagle Rock Elementary School, he did not know any of the other kids. We had only moved to Eagle Rock a few months before he started, and he had attended a preschool near downtown. Our son is pretty easy-going, and he made new friends relatively quickly. His best friend is someone he met in kindergarten. They are now college sophomores, but they make sure they both come back to Eagle Rock at the same time during breaks so they can hang out. They even went back together to say goodbye to their kindergarten teacher who retired last June. I wouldn't worry too much -- learning to make new friends is part of the experience. And don't doom the situation ("my son can't compete with that history"). Of course he can, and will, with your encouragement.
Allison September 15, 2011 at 04:22 AM
Thanks, MJ, and Staci, All great insights. I especially love Staci's anecdote about her son meeting his best friend at ERES kinder and the fact that they are still good friends some 15 years later in college. Eagle Rock mom, my daughter was noticeably shy when she first entered a nearby kinder. I volunteered to be in the classroom once a week. Her wonderful kinder teacher told me that my being in class really helped "puff up" my daughter with happiness and pride and eased her transition into this new world. On a basic level, we also made sure she always had a great breakfast and lots of sleep -- fundamentals that evened out her behavior and helped her conquer any social anxieties she might have had. Eagle Rock parents, what worked for you and your child/ren?

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