In September, my son will start kindergarten. He’s been going to daycare for years, but this is different. This means that he is a big boy. This means he’ll have to do even more stuff for himself. This means he’ll have to behave in socially acceptable ways in order to fit in and not be made fun of by the other kids.
He’s got a few things left to learn. I’m working on a list of things to teach my son before he starts school in fall. Very important things.
- Keep your hands out of your pants.
- Go to the bathroom before you start peeing in your pants.
- Sit down and use your hands to take off your shoes, don’t just kick your feet around hoping your shoes will fly off eventually.
- When your teacher asks you to do something, do it. Don’t wait for them to yell or count to three before slowly complying.
- Don’t ask to see anyone’s poo or pee and do not ask them if they want to see yours.
- Wait until you are in the bathroom with your stall door closed before you start taking your pants off.
- It’s okay if you can’t do something yet. Keep trying. You won’t learn if you don’t try, over and over again.
- If you get a hole in your pants, do not rip it even more. I will fix it for you when you get home if the pant leg is still on.
- Do not give your mittens, scarf, hat, shoes, or any other item of clothing to your friends. We cannot afford to clothe your entire class. You can however, give them other cool things, like rocks, leaves, caterpillars, and sticks instead of putting them in your pockets.
Did I miss anything else that would be important to learn? We’ve already been working on sharing, turn taking, and saying ‘please’ and ‘thank-you.’