It’s that time of year again – back to school! The start of a new school year can be overwhelming for teachers, parents, and children alike. For new kindergarten students, school can be especially anxiety-producing. New teachers, new peers, a new classroom, new routines, not to mention being the youngest and smallest children in a whole new school building. For kindergartners who didn’t attend Pre-K, it may be their first time in school at all! For some children, the changes can bring on anxiety and stress.

Here are a few tips for helping your kindergartner cope with the stress of a starting their first school year: