What can you do to ensure Kindergarten readiness in your child?
- Help your child develop independence in dressing, eating and personal hygiene.
- Provide opportunities to play with other children.
- See that your child has had required immunizations and current health examination.
- Encourage social values such as helpfulness, cooperation, sharing, and concern for others.
- Read to your child every day. Talk together about the pictures and story. Run your finger under the words as you read to your child to help her learn that words go from left to right and top to bottom.
- Provide pencils, markers, paper and encourage creativeness.
- Provide opportunities to play alphabet games, read alphabet books, and talk about letter names and sounds.
- Teach your child how to write their name with an uppercase first letter and the remaining letters in lowercase. Example: Maggie = correct – MAGGIE = incorrect
- Count throughout the day (for example: count the crackers she is eating for snack or count the socks that you take out of the dryer).
- Purchase a good pair of child-safe scissors and let your child practice. Give them old magazines or newspapers to cut up or allow them to make a collage of the things they like by cutting from magazines and gluing them to a piece of paper. Allow them to use a glue stick.
- Give your child two and three step directions. For example: “Put on your pajamas, brush your teeth and pick a book to read.”
- Review basic shapes and colors. Play games in which your child finds objects of particular colors and shapes around the house or in the neighborhood as you drive. Draw shapes and cut them out.
- Help them become more independent with dressing. Let them try to button, zip, snap before you do it for them. They may surprise you!
Junior Kindergarten Teacher – Partners in Learning