10 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

November 25, 2017

10 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

The thought of Kindergarten for parents of pre-school children can be an anxious time. Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for your child, and for you as the parent.

Will my child be ready?

Kindergarten is not quite the same as when we as parents attended. Expectations are higher, there are state and national standards that kindergarten teachers are responsible for, which means that Kindergarten is no longer just playing and learning to share.

Parents should make every effort to learn about the school their child will attend and the school’s expectations.  Kindergarten teachers make every effort to meet the needs of the children who arrive in their classrooms with varied backgrounds ane experiences, but there are things that you can do that make the transition from preschool to kindergarten an easy transition.

Preparing your child

  1. Encourage your child’s curiosity by taking advantage of natural learning activities. At the grocery store, point out items that fit into one group (frozen foods, cereals, pet supplies) and concept words (big, little, top, bottom, high, low).  “Hand me the big red box on the bottom shelf.”
  2. Foster a love of books by reading to your child every day. This will expose your child to many words, story language, cause and effect and story sequence.
  3. Talk about activities, interests and problems. A child’s conversation should be considered as important as adults’ conversation.
  4. Listen to your child’s questions and ideas. Encourage her curiosity.  Show respect for her thoughts and feelings.
  5. Establish clear rules and expectations for your child’s behavior at home and school.
  6. Visit zoos, museums, historic sites, concerts, and other events.
  7. Organize household schedules and responsibilities. Everyone should have chores.
  8. Use everyday activities at home to emphasize important math concepts for your children. Count knives and forks when setting the table, keep a growth chart for each child, compare sized and shapes of different articles.
  9. Involve your child in simple cooking activities and meal preparation (with supervision).
  10. Encourage your child to write. Help him write thank-you notes to relatives, shopping lists, schedules or activities and stories.

 

About the Author

Catherine Morrissey has 35 years of experience as an educator and holds a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood development, along with a Specialists degree in Administration. As the Curriculum Director of a public school district, Catherine oversees the curriculum and lesson planning for PreK-12. Catherine was a key member of the curriculum team at Kid Spa Austin.

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