I can't wait! Not words usually heard by anyone but Kindergarteners on the first day of school. But how can you help your child look forward to what has become for him or her drudgery, a place of unmet expectations- on everyone's part?
1. Emphasize the positive- what if lunch is the best time of the day for your child? He may be more social than the average child, and that social time is important. Find out which friends he is closest to and organize an after-school study club once a week, with milk and cookies of course.
2. Meet the teacher- make him or her your ally. Let your first interactions be positive ones, but be honest with the teacher about problems your child may have encountered in the past. You can for the most part assume that your child's teacher wants him or her to succeed as well. Your involvement as a team can often accomplish more that you or she alone can do.
3. Remember this is childhood- your child is your child. He or she will grow up and be gone. Right now he needs to know that no matter what happens your love will remain. On the strength of a parent's unconditional love a child can overcome many difficulties. Remind her that you are in her corner, that you want her to succeed but you love her for the wonderful person she is. It doesn't hurt to have that conversation over ice cream.
My hope as a teacher is that every child coming through my door knows that he or she is not judged by their progress the year before, but is accepted and encouraged where they are right now.
Make it a good one! Many happy school days!