Preparing young children for their first day of school

In a few short weeks, thousands of West Virginia children will be going to school for the very first time.

Whether it’s their first day of kindergarten or stepping into a new preschool environment, it’s a big transition and an exciting time for littlest learners—and their families.

As parents and educators, we’ve learned that planning ahead can help everyone get a new school year off to a strong start. Here are a few ways you can prepare your first-time student for the big day:


With a little practice and patience, your child can begin the school year excited and ready to learn!


Jennifer Carriger



Samantha Van Den Berghe-Lynch

Certified Montessori Toddler and Early Childhood Educator

Mountaineer Montessori School