Congratulations! Your child and you have made it through the first few days of kindergarten (or are just about to). Seeing your big kid leaving pre-K was emotional enough, but entering K is a total tissue-box-emptying time. Now that you're both starting to settle into the daily school routine, and the initial jitters and tears are subsiding, it's time to check your calendar and prepare some questions to ask the kindergarten teacher on back-to-school night.
This early-autumn event is one you'll be repeating every year right up through middle school. It's a helpful way to get to know your child's teacher, learn about the curriculum and school routines, and familiarize yourself with the room where your child spends six or more hours a day. (The teacher may even have you sit at your child's desk!)
You'll notice right away that the kindergarten year is significantly different from the preschool years, from the classroom setup to the teaching method. Whereas preschool is a time for children to learn through their independent playing, kindergarten is where the more "traditional" learning comes in. It's a big adjustment with a lot of changes: Group lessons and worksheets replace blocks and dramatic play. Children are expected to sit for longer stretches and interact with a larger number of peers.
There's a lot you'll want to know, so take a deep breath, bring a pen and paper, and have some questions prepared to make this evening both interesting and informative.