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Milestones: When are Parents Comfortable Making the Change?

Earlier I wrote the  Introduction about the issue at hand in our Children’s Ministry about what to do with our Kindergarten age children as they transition between learning styles.  I said that I thought there were 3 milestone questions to consider.  Read about #1, “What does Kindergarten look like?”, and #2 “When do Children Start Reading?”

#3 When are parents comfortable making the change?

If the family at my church is a regular attendar, then they are very aware of the change from a classroom format in Early Childhood areas, to a large group/small group format of the Elementary areas.  For some families it’s seen as a big “My baby is growing up” moment and met with trepidation.  For other families, it’s seen as a “Finally my kid will get to be where the fun is happening” moment and met with excitement.

What does this mean for me? It means that I need to be sensitive to each parent, and offer options.  It’s difficult to insist that every family do things our way and move their own kids when I tell them to move them.  Not all kindergartners are created equal.  Some have early birthdays, and are bigger physically and more comfortable in large group environments; while others aren’t turning 6 until the last few months of Kindergarten and need a slower transition than the more comfortable peers.
For you it means getting to know your parents.  If you don’t have kids in this age range (of which I have a’plenty), then get to know those that do.  Trust me, Kindergarten parents are an opinionated bunch.  Get to know them today!
What have your parents told you that they prefer?  Do share your experiences!

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.