Little Things Make A Big Difference
grade is an important year for most children for many reasons.
It is a big change from half-day kindergarten to all-day first
grade. For some it may be scary riding the school bus home with
the older children. Not to mention the extended hours away from
Mommy or Daddy.
One way to
help make this September go a little smoother is to buy supplies
ahead of time if at all possible. Here is a checklist of a few
common things that first graders use:
2 erasers (plain)
1 package dry erase markers (low odor)
12 large glue sticks
plain pencils (40 sharpened)
1 plastic folder with pockets
1 package large Crayola water colored markers (8 in a box)
1 box of tissues
school box (plastic, not to exceed 3" in height)
2 boxes crayons (24 or less)
1 composition notebook
Child-friendly scissors (they also have left handed scissors)
first grader pick out the book bag for school might help bring
some excitement to the beginning of school. Also, buy a few extra
supplies and play school. Pretend to be the teacher of his or
her first grade class. This may help remove some of the fear of
what to expect.
does begin, let your child wear a special locket with a picture
of someone special in it. It is comforting to know you have someone
you love close to you. Lunch time in the seemingly enormous cafeteria
is always daunting at first. If your child will bring lunch to
school put a red paper heart in it.
Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn and then do the same with your
child. In this story, the Mommy plants a kiss on her child's hand
so that whenever the child feels lonely or afraid there is a kiss
from Mommy to make it all better.
can make a big difference in how children will adjust to change.
First grade is the beginning of many important changes in your
little one's life. Taking the time to ensure an easy transition
for all involved is a wise investment.
Katrina Cramer-Diaz is a working mom with a background in education and plenty of experience in parenting. She lives in Virginia with her four children.
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