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What to Do When Your Child is Struggling with Kindergarten

How to Tell if There is a Problem

It can be challenging to get a five-year-old to tell you what is really happening at school. This can be worrisome for parents, if you feel that your child may not be keeping up. But, how do you know?

Health Day suggests,

  • Ask your child at dinner time- while sitting in a relaxed setting, with the family, children are more likely to open up about their day.
  • Check with your child’s teacher- present your observations, listen to what the teacher has to say, and ask what you can do to help the situation.
  • Question fellow parents- maybe they have overheard something, or maybe the majority of the class is struggling with a specific area or project.
  • Put it in perspective- we all have weaknesses. If your child is just struggling in a couple of minor areas, seek to focus on what he or she is great at.

Kindergarten is your child’s introduction to the world of education — a place where he’s going to spend a lot of time over the next 12 years. If he doesn’t enjoy school or begins to feel inadequate, his enthusiasm for learning will dwindle, so it’s important that you take steps to make this year a positive experience.

If, after a few months of school, you feel that your child isn’t happy, or if the teacher reports that he’s having a hard time, there are several things you can do to be informed, get involved, and strengthen your relationship with your child’s teacher. Try to find out exactly what the problem areas are. If he has trouble listening to and following instructions, for example, your child’s teacher may be able to suggest activities you can do with him at home to foster this skill. ~Health Day, Kindergarten: How Can I Tell If My Child is Keeping Up

There are tutors, organizations, and programs that can help.

But, First, there are a few things to rule out…

Sleeping problems, issues with vision, possible learning disabilities- like dyslexia, or your child may just not be developmentally ready for the Kindergarten environment.

Work to determine if your child’s struggles are academic or if there may be other issues such as social, emotional, or behavioral. Understanding your child’s tendencies and personality can go a long way in helping him or her be the best he or she can be.

Getting Involved

If possible, it’s always a good idea to volunteer at your child’s school. Offer to help out with reading groups, at canteen, with art. This gives you the opportunity to see your child interact in the school environment and how well she gets on with others. Always be there are a non-judgemental and positive force for your child. While children do need to learn to solve problems, they also need to know they’ve got you to guide them and back them up along the way.School’s a learning experience, and sometimes we need to take two steps forward, and often one step back. So long as children keep moving forward, that’s the main thing. ~KidSpot: Tips for Parents with Kids Struggling School

If struggles continue, Kindergarten Retention could be a viable option.

Many Circle of Moms members support kindergarten rentention both for children who are behind academically or are socially immature. As Meghan H. shares, the extra year can offer a great confidence boost to children who struggled with kindergarten concepts the first year, and can reinvigorate their excitement about school and learning: “He is so excited when he ‘gets’ something and comes home and says he finished all his work. He is learning so much that he didn’t learn last year and I think he would have drowned under the more strict schedule of 1st grade.”

Several moms share the pros and cons of Kindergarten Retention, so be sure to check out the full article here- PopSugar: Should Your Child Repeat Kindergarten 

Have you worried about your Kindergartener struggling in school? What solutions have you found?


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Lori Hil is a freelance blogger and content curator with an AAS in Early Childhood Education. She now gets to combine her love of writing and teaching through the written word. You can find her all around the web, but especially enjoying the freelance life at
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