Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

Season 2 - Episode 2 | August 25, 2021

Starting Kindergarten: Tips for a Smooth Transition

About the Episode

Starting kindergarten is both exciting and scary — for children and their parents. Young children thrive when they feel comfortable, safe and secure. But it can be challenging to help your child feel prepared when everything feels so uncertain right now. What can you do to make the leap less worrisome and more fun? Listen in to today’s podcast episode with our guest, Dr. Natalie Pon, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at CHC, as she reminds us that — in addition to learning letters and numbers — the real growth that occurs in kindergarten is the development of social emotional skills through play.

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Guest Info

Natalie Pon headshot

Natalie Pon, MD


Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Pon specializes in the assessment and care of young children (0-6yo) and treats the range of early childhood mental health issues, including anxiety/depression, disruptive behavior, adjustment and attachment issues, trauma, and parent-child relational issues. She is very experienced with child-centered, dyadic, trauma-focused and cognitive-behavioral play therapy.

Show Notes

Starting kindergarten is both exciting and scary — for children and their parents. Young children thrive when they feel comfortable, safe and secure. But it can be challenging to help your child feel prepared when everything feels so uncertain right now. What can you do to make the leap less worrisome and more fun? Listen in to today’s podcast episode with our guest, Dr. Natalie Pon, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at CHC, as she reminds us that — in addition to learning letters and numbers — the real growth that occurs in kindergarten is the development of social emotional skills through play.

Resources:

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Recommended Reading

Children’s Books:

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

The Night Before Kindergarten and The Night Before First Grade by Natasha Wing

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

From CHC’s Resource Library:

Transitioning to Kindergarten

9 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Featuring handouts or e-booklets:

Selected Children’s Books About Kindergarten

Your Child is Going to Kindergarten: Making the Move Together

Getting to Know My Child: A Guide for My Child’s Kindergarten Teacher

Transition to Kindergarten: Supporting Children with Individualized Education Programs

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