Thank you for all of the replies. Its was pretty upsetting this afternoon.
Kindy will be a big change for all of us. He will be exhausted as well. Its five days and it will be a big change but he loves letters and numbers and hes even started to recognise words.
We are definately going to head out more. Tomorrow we will head out and find some kids his age. I think thats a big part of it. Hes used to being the baby and playing rough.
I feel so bad I didnt work on his social skills earlier. We've been trying to save money so we didnt want to spend extra on child care or going out to play groups. But i really regret it now.
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13-11-2013 18:46 #11
13-11-2013 19:03 #12
Hi, Try not to stress too much, young children are very adaptable and he'll likely be totally fine once he gets used to the new environment. Some extra play group time between now and when he starts will probably help as well. There are also usually lots of free group activities for young children during school holidays as well at libraries/ art galleries etc and this may also help with socialisation.
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13-11-2013 19:04 #13
Just fir those in other states - Kindy in nsw is the first year of full time schooling so 5days as week.
OP - having not spent a lot if time with other children his age no wonder he was over excited.
Can you try and join a playgroup or kindergym or similar between now and end of jan when school begins to give him a chance to interact with other 5yr olds
13-11-2013 19:16 #14
Yeh we are definately going out adventuring tomorrow and making it a regular thing. I know we have some homework to do with getiing him ready. The holiday activities are a good idea too.
I was honestly less then impressed with the setup at the school today. Hopefully the smaller groups are more useful and help him settle in.
13-11-2013 19:17 #15
I am a primary school teacher and the thing that concerned me from your post was the toilet training aspect. I would expect a kindy child to be fully toilet trained and independent by this age (day only). Yes accidents do occur but they can be VERY traumatic for a child as the other children can be very cruel with their teasing.
I think it would be very wise to have a meeting with the school (kindy teacher and AP) and discuss your concerns with them.
As far as the pushing thing. I would want to know more. Was he provoked. Was it out if the blue, were other kids pushing??? All those kids in one room sounds crazy and of course it would send the kids a bit crazy. Just go in and be honest with them.
Also does he understand he will be away from you 5 days a week every week??? Could you prepare him a little by doing occasional care in the lead up to Xmas. Maybe a few hrs at a time and build up a little???
I wish you and him the best of luck. It's a big thing starting school and we want all children to feel happy and secure in their transition.
13-11-2013 19:24 #16
He was really stubborn with the toilet training. But he has complete control and hasnt had any accidents in a few weeks now.
I asked him more about it and from what I understand it was over a toy that he wanted. So its definately sharing that needs to be worked on as well as listening to his teacher.
He understands hes going to big school like his sister but hes not so keen on going the whole five days. Im going to call an occasional care centre and see what I can organise.
13-11-2013 19:45 #17
See if you can find a supported playgroup in your area. If you can start going for the rest of the year. They are usually run by a community childcare centre in the area. They are free and are run by early education staff connected to childcare centre not by other mums. I go to one and it is great. No commitments. Libraries also run story time programs that might help to get him in the routines of sitting and listening and taking direction from someone other than you.
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13-11-2013 19:53 #18
DD has been in daycare and 3 year olds for a bit, so she has learned the whole "listen when the carer is talking" think already. However ... at the age of your DS (that she is approaching) I find that she is much more obedient to other people and not me. Perhaps the whole situation where there is a person (or people) in charge other than you, and the rest of the kids are following along, might make him follow a bit more of what the other kids are doing?
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