It's here! It's finally here! Just a few years ago you were carrying your little nugget around in a baby carrier, and now she's growing up and away from you into kindergarten. While it can be a little sad and very exciting, it's easy to get carried away with the logistics of registering her for school and all the prep required to get her there. But before you snap that milestone first-day-of-big-kid-school photo, there are some questions you should ask your child's kindergarten teacher.
Kindergarteners undoubtedly have to make a huge adjustment from preschool, ranging from the number of students per classroom and circulating through an intimidating campus to electives and the cafeteria (eek!). While she's surely met the academic standards required for enrollment, it's important for parents to figure out how exactly kindergarten has changed since they were toddling off with their first big-kid lunch box. It's no longer a grade reserved for simply learning how to function in a classroom and collaborate with peers, because in this age of standardized testing, teachers hit the ground running to accumulate reading, writing, and math skills. It's often referred to as "the new first grade," so be armed with these questions to help your little one thrive in this very important first year of their academic career.