When a child starts kindergarten it is a very exciting time for both the child and the parents. Your precious offspring feels like he or she is no longer a baby and you, as the parents, can’t believe just how fast this moment has come around. However, starting kindergarten can also be a scary time. It’s a whole new world for your little one and you want to make sure they are properly prepared.
Below I am going to list several things you can do to ensure your child is ready the moment they step foot in their kindergarten classroom.
Read Books With Your Child Every Day
The best way to develop language and reading skills is by reading. Establishing a reading routine at home is one of the most important activities you can do with your child. Children actually love having books read to them. That’s why they run and hand you books when they are growing up. They are actually very eager to learn. When you are reading to your child take your time and make sure they hear every word. Make it a point to run your finger under every word as you read. This will help them start to recognize certain words and sounds. It will also teach that that you read from left to right.
Give Your Child A Head Start In Learning
If you want to give your child a head start, you should make sure they know their ABC’s, numbers, shapes, colors, the seasons, time and clocks before the first day of school. It is important that we, as parents, take an active role in teaching our children the concepts every kindergartener needs to learn. The kindergarten of today is not like it was when we were younger. Today’s kindergarten has a much more advanced curriculum requiring parents to work with their children before beginning school. There are some great learning tools available that can assist you in this endeavor.
Work On Manners
The classroom environment will certainly put to test all of the manners and etiquette training you’ve poured into your child over the years. They will have plenty of opportunities to not just say please and thank you, but to share, to wait their turn, to sit quietly, and to play cooperatively with their classmates. Having proper manners firmly instilled in them will certainly help them to make good choices themselves, especially when they are exposed to improper behavior from some of their fellow students.
Make A Trip To The School
When the time comes around, make sure you take your child to the school in advance of the start of school so they can meet the teacher and see the classroom. Doing this will make the transition to a new school environment run a lot smoother. Your child needs to be a little familiar with their new classroom to feel safe. If they feel secure, they will have less anxiety when it’s time for you to leave them on their first day of school.
Involve Them In The Back To School Shopping
When you get ready to go back to school shopping, make sure you take your little one with you. Let them be a part of the process. Let them pick out their backpack, notebooks and even an outfit. Involving them in this process will make them even more excited to start kindergarten.
Get Them On A Schedule
A few weeks before school starts you should start having your child go to bed and wake up at the same time they will when the school year begins. This will help get them on a routine schedule. Having your child on a consistent schedule for school is extremely important. They need plenty of rest so they can be ready for their first day.
Getting your pre-schooler ready for kindergarten not only prepares them for their next big step of entering first grade, but is also the start of their path to a lifetime of learning. By taking the steps to prepare them well, we can ensure our children are ready and confident for the new school year before they ever start kindergarten.