by Emily Lemons
A visit to the zoo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world, but did you know it could also help your child get ready for kindergarten in a fun and meaningful context? We are fortunate to have the Chattanooga Zoo in our community and as a partner in our kindergarten readiness program, Countdown to Kindergarten. While the ideas in this post are written specifically with the Chattanooga Zoo in mind, many of the ideas and activities can apply to many other places you might visit Continue reading →
The achieve-at-all-costs educational culture is taking its toll on kids and their performance at school. Experts suggest that there are six things that kids really need to succeed in the classroom. Continue reading →
By Curtis Jolley
Public Relations Coordinator
When I was a kid, running races was one of my favorite games to play with friends. “Ready! Set! Go!!!” and off we went. It always frustrated me, though, when someone would get a head start before they said, “Go!!!” And of course, whoever did that always finished first and was declared the winner. Why even finish the race at that point? It was impossible to know who was truly the fastest simply because the playing field was uneven. Continue reading →
Mornings can be a very hectic time for a lot of people. Between getting the kids ready for school, feeding the dog and putting lunches together, time can quickly slip away. Here are some time-friendly tips from Creative Discovery Museum staff that may put a bounce in your morning step and get you out the door faster.
Q: My child is starting kindergarten and I am already feeling emotional. How can I make it easier for him and me?
A: Kindergarten. It’s a big step, not only for the child, but also for the parent. As a parent, how are you going to handle your child going to “Big School?”
First, you must understand the bittersweet feeling you are experiencing is completely natural. You must allow yourself to grieve a little. Understand this same emotion will reappear when your child goes to college or gets married. Big school is different from any other setting, even if your child has been going to Pre-K or daycare, because it symbolizes the end of an era. One of the greatest things you can do for your child on their first day of school is to remain positive while in your child’s presence. If you feel the need to cry, try to hold off until your child has gone into the classroom. It is important for the child not to see you cry because the child needs to view Kindergarten as a positive experience. If the child sees you cry, he or she will automatically wonder why and feel sad. “If momma isn’t happy, nobody is happy!”
The next thing you can do for your child is to ensure he or she can take care of any bathroom or clothing needs. It’s important for the child to feel comfortable on the first day of school, so keep this in mind when deciding what your child will wear. Talk to the child about the daily routine and let him know you will be back to get him after school.
If you are still feeling sad, meet a friend or neighbor for breakfast. They may have experienced similar emotions. For an adult, the start of big school is often more traumatic than for the child. Remember, your child is becoming independent, but they still need you every bit as much—just in a different way. Emotionally, they need your support in their newfound independence and praise for the work they do.
It’s alright to have a pity party—just have it with another adult.
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