Before you know it, school will be starting again. Another year full of knowledge and experience for our children. It’s an exciting time when we get to release our kids to grow!
Do you have a child starting Kindergarten this year? You may have read list after list of all the things they need to know before they start school. But take the pressure off, mom. More important than any academic skill, what our kids truly need before they start school begins in their heart.
With that in mind, consider these heart-focused ways to prepare your child for Kindergarten. . .
Talk about school regularly. Ask questions like, “What do you think Kindergarten will be like?” or “What do you think will be the most exciting thing you’ll learn?” Share stories and sweet wishes like those in this letter I wrote to my son before he started Kindergarten last year. The more you talk and dream about the adventure of education, the more your child will anticipate it with excitement. And if you are sending your child to school outside your home and he or she is struggling with fear, talking through concerns will help with the transition. Your child may still experience separation anxiety or sadness for the first few weeks. This is completely normal and honestly, a big part of growing up.
Remind your child of God’s Presence. The promise in Joshua is perfect for our brave little ones taking on the world in school. If you are sending your child to public or private school, comfort your new student with this truth: Mommy and Daddy can’t go to school with you but God can! He will never leave your side. When you feel unsure or afraid, imagine him sitting right beside you.
“Remember that I command you to be strong and brave. So don’t be afraid. The Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go.” Joshua 1:9 ICB
If you are homeschooling, your child may still need this assurance. Even though mommy may be right there, learning new things can be overwhelming. God is always with us, even when we’re learning to read at the kitchen table!
Pray for your school, teachers and friends. Take the focus off fear and anxiety by turning your attention to others. Pray for your child’s school, teachers and friends. Use the adorable book, God Bless My School to encourage your child that God cares about every detail of their education including teachers, friends and even the activities they will do while at school.
Our great big world needs our children and the light they will carry into it. Our kids have wonderfully unique gifts that the world will benefit from. Some of those gifts we’ve had the privilege of uncovering at home but there will be more to come as they enter a beautifully diverse community of teachers, students and knowledge. Homeschooling mamas get the joy of continuing to uncover those treasures. What an honor to help your child unwrap each gift given him or her by our Creator!
Remind your child who they are but don’t be afraid to let them grow.
If you are experiencing your own anxiety and sadness, download these 5 Scriptures for Kindergarten Mamas and find comfort in God’s promise to provide peace, wisdom and direction.
How are you getting your child’s heart ready for school?