Wow, Kindergarten! It’s a big step – for both kids and their parents. Pencils, backpacks, and school buses. New friends, new teachers, and a brand-new morning schedule. Starting Kindergarten is an exciting, and sometimes anxious, step in a girl’s educational career, but it’s not something families need to tackle alone! As the largest girl-led Movement in the world, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is partnering with families across our 41-county footprint to help girls (and their caregivers!) embrace this new adventure.
As a rising Kindergartner this fall, girls are invited to register as an official Girl Scout. As a part of our 2.6 million sisterhood, our youngest grade level, Daisies, are Kindergarten and first grade girls looking to have fun, make new friends, and build their confidence. Becoming a Girl Scout now provides opportunities for girls entering their first official school year with a chance to meet other rising kindergartners – some who may be their future classmates – as well as provide some stability and continuity during a time of change.
Additionally, Kindergarten girls will embark on a thrilling leadership journey as they discover new interests, build confidence, and have a ton of fun. Girls will also explore the concept of leadership, talk about leaders and female role models they admire, and learn how they can use their voice to do good in the world. As part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Girl Scout Daisies will also be exposed to a wide variety of activities and programs – all designed to activate their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader™ as they build courage, confidence, and character. Programs and hands-on experiences for Daises could include topics such as healthy living, outdoors and camp, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), stewardship and citizenship, and financial literacy. Additionally, Daisy-specific program events like Daises: Flower Friendships, Daisy Healthy Minds & Bodies, Daisies Make a Difference, and LEGO Robotics will be offered as part of the 2017-18 year.
In addition, receiving higher grades and being more likely to seek out leadership opportunities compared to non-Girl Scout peers, according to the Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts helps girls develop a positive sense of self.
Sending your girl off to kindergarten is hard, but by providing her opportunities and new experiences in a girl-led environment with girls her own age can help lessen the fear of her entering the classroom and turn a challenge into an exciting opportunity to be bold, kind, and brave. However, we know girls are not alone in this experience, which is why Girl Scouts is helping families and parents with these helpful tips and tricks to set your girl up for a success this school year.
3 Ways to Get Your Daughter Ready for Kindergarten
- Get Excited: Set your girl up for success by being positive and optimistic about her first day of school. As a parent, she is looking at you for support so if your worries show, so will hers.
- Give Her a Roadmap: Give her a clear understanding about her new schedules leading up to the first day of school. Let her know how she is getting to school and how she is getting hom
- Keep Goodbyes Quick: Resist the linger – even if she is upset. Say goodbyes quick that way it won’t prolong your girl’s anxiety. Tell her your proud of her, give her a kiss and hug, and be on your way. Her teacher will take it from there and get her accustomed to her environment and finding friends.
Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines offers girls once-in-a-lifetime experiences all while having fun in a safe, girl-only, and girl-led environment. Troops are forming in now and all girls in grades K-12 are invited to join in on the fun. To find a troop near you, visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call 800-284-4475.