How to prepare for Kindergarten tends to get parents’ panties in a bundle these days. (Been there, done that!) Can’t say I blame us: Kindergarten now is more like 1st grade when we were growing up. For my CBS Los Angeles ‘Fab Mom on 2’ segment this week, brand new mom and longtime news anchor Suzie Suh and I talked about some of the ‘secret skills’ that Kindergarten teachers need our kids to know how to do before the big first day — you know, the stuff they all need to know how to do that goes outside of letter recognition, holding a pencil, counting. Here’s a hint: They need to know about TOILET PAPER. You think I’m kidding? WATCH:
Told you I wasn’t kidding. Hey, everything we talked about on air came straight from the women and men who teach our kids every day. (God bless them. Forever.) For more info and a fabulous tip for teaching young kids how to calm themselves down and get control of emotions and their potentially-flailing bodies (as most 5 year olds tend to flail when they get frustrated), check out the full piece on CBSLA here. (The big tip courtesy of LA-based licensed family therapist Nora Chitilian.)
So yeah, counting and writing and sounding out letters are necessary and always appreciated, but the unconventional requests above (and, more here) help our teachers BIG TIME. I mean, they’ve all got enough issues to contend with these days… which unfortunately does take away from their ability to teach and kids’ ability to learn. Whether we admit it or not, teachers spend about as much time with our kids as we do… except they’ve got 20-30 to contend with at one time. I challenge you to try that. (I’m not sure I could do it…)
HELP. TEACHERS. OUT. So they can do their jobs and teach our kids. Because one kid can ruin it for the rest. (That’s my opinion on the record there…) If you need me, I’ll be running tutorials about how to open applesauce containers in my kitchen…
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