5 Things to Know on the First Day of Kindergarten

Going Potty

To the uninitiated, the opening days and weeks of kindergarten may not seem all that different from preschool or daycare -- playing, reading stories, running around outside, sitting in tiny chairs for fairly short periods of time ...

But even in those opening days, there's at least one dramatic and non-negotiable difference: Kindergarten teachers don't do diapers.

Your child must be potty trained before the first day of school. Accidents happen, of course, and there's no problem with that. But being able to take care of his or her own bathroom needs effectively and consistently is a necessity for any child starting kindergarten, so if your 4 or 5 year old is still having trouble with it, you may want to step your potty efforts up a notch.

Hopefully, this all sounds doable -- or, better yet, already done. If your child is lacking in any of these areas, though, that illustrious school career is in no way lost. You can work on the potty, the language, the sorting and the handful of numbers and letters in the months leading up to the start of school and make some remarkable progress.

You may be surprised to see how quickly your little baby can become a kindergartener.

For more information on kindergarten readiness and child development, including tools to help you teach at home, check out the links on the next page.

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