Simone and Nadia have attended the same preschool for more than two years. I am kid-in-the-candy-store excited for Simone to go to kindergarten, and I look forward to Nadia soaking up knowledge in a new classroom this fall. Still, I have had more than one person ask me how Nadia will adjust to being alone at preschool. Of course, I think she will be fine.
We’ve tried to ease the transition, asking Nadia where Simone will go to school in the fall and where she will go to school. She answers correctly every time. We have driven by the Big Kid School, and we talk about it all the time. When I purchased Simone’s clear backpack, I had Nadia with me. Nadia wanted one, and I explained Simone needed it for the Big Kid School. It helped a lot when I let Nadia carry her big sister’s backpack around the store.
We may take Nadia with us when we drop off Simone for her first day of school. I have not settled on this, but it would make sense as far as driving is concerned. Nadia could cling to her sister or hug and kiss her good-bye. I imagine the latter will give both of them a bit of closure. We’ll see.
For those of you who have been in this situation, what did you do to ease the transition?