7 Tips For Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten
We used to think that kindergarten prepared our kids for school. But expectations have changed rapidly over the past twenty years, and in today’s world, children should know some simple things before they go to kindergarten. Fortunately, these readiness skills are things you can teach in day-to-day life.
Many schools will assess children’s awareness of basic academic concepts in the first few days of kindergarten. It’s a good idea to make sure your kid is familiar with the alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors. It doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming for your child to learn about these things, you can play short and simple games to match or recognize different colors and shapes, count up to ten, and recognize the uppercase alphabet.
It’s also important to remember that academic skills are relatively simple when compared to the kindergarten child’s emotional needs. If you can only choose one area to focus on, don’t worry about the letters and numbers. Kindergarten teachers are more interested in knowing that your child will be ready to learn once they get to school.
There are 7 simple tips to make sure your child is ready for the first day of kindergarten:
This is one of the most important things you can do to help make the transition to kindergarten easier. If you had a flexible summer schedule, start getting used to a school schedule. Take into account that your kindergartener needs about eleven hours of sleep.
2. Take care of your morning routine.
Figure out how much time you need for everything in the morning, and develop a schedule for you and your child. Try to wake up before your child, and prepare everything that you can the night before. Give yourself a little bit of extra time for transportation so that you aren’t stressed.
3. Practice your morning routine.
Do a few practice runs to make sure you have enough time for everything you planned. Make sure that you’ll still be able to get to school on time even if someone wakes up late, or there’s traffic, or something else unexpected delays the schedule you’ve set.
4. Let everyone in the family see the schedule (even if someone can’t read yet – use pictures!).
Post your schedule somewhere where each member of your family can see it and follow it.
5. Exclude all the lunch frustrations.
If you give your child a cold lunch, make sure he can open everything without having any problems. Have him practice opening his lunchbox, yogurt tubes, and other containers until he can do it on his own without trouble.
6. Share your own memories of kindergarten with your kid.
It’s easy to find kids’ books about the first days of kindergarten. Check your local library. Read them with your child and talk about the stories with him. You can also tell stories about what you remember from when you were a kindergartener, and tell him how great it was!
7. Allow your little kindergartener pick something from home to bring with him on his first day.
If you think separation from home will be difficult for your child, let him take something to remind him of home, like a favorite stuffed toy or something that reminds him of mom.
Take some time to devote your sweet child before going to kindergarten and then time spent in kindergarten will be a pleasure for you both!