First Day of Kindergarten and How It Influences the Brain

The first day of school can be both joyful and stressful for both the parent and the child. Some children will skip off to the front door of school with not even a backward glance, while other children can barely unglue themselves from their parent’s legs in fear of the school day ahead. For those children who are not excited about going to school, there are things you can do to help ease their tension. As a wound up child could be detrimental to health and has the potential to throw off their brain balance, impacting their entire body.

Several weeks before your child is to start kindergarten or grade school, start talking about school in a very positive light. Show excitement and talk about all the fun things the child will learn in their new class with teacher and classmates. Talk about how many kids they’ll meet their own age and how many friends they’ll make this year. Don’t talk about how much they will be missed or anything that might make them feel badly about the separation, as this won’t help the situation any.

Take the child to visit the school before school starts. If possible, arrange to take a tour, and even better, arrange the meet your child’s teacher ahead of time to explain how your child is feeling. If the school’s not open, just walk around outside to get your child familiar with the area they’re going to be in on a daily basis.

Find out about other children starting kindergarten and bring your child to meet them if there is any way of finding this information. There may already be children your child may know in the same age range. In any case, the first days of kindergarten are likely to be much less stressful if your child already knows others in class.

When shopping for school supplies, make it a fun experience for your child. Let your child make choices about some things, as long as they fit the school’s requirements. Let them load their own backpack, and explain all the fun things they’ll do with their supplies. This gives them a sense of independence that they need, which is crucially important. This level of responsibility will excite your child’s neurotransmitters, making them happy to take on this level of responsibility.

Check out books from the library having to do with starting kindergarten. Read them to your child and have your child try to imagine themselves doing the same thing the characters do. Play “school” with your child and involve your child in role play. Be sure your child learns to write their name, and if you can, start working on letter identification. Be sure they know how to use scissors, glue, and other supplies that will be present in the class.

Also, make sure your child has all the necessary components required to attend school, including being well-nourished with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains so they stay steady throughout the day. It may be a good idea for you and your child to try out an HCF amino-acid brain supplement. HCF contains essential amino acids that potentially support neurotransmitters in the brain that are associated with feelings of well-being, attention, calmness and focus. Be sure to check with your health care professional before starting any health regimen for your child.

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