How to Get Your Child Ready For Kindergarten
● By Hood Magazine
Beginning kindergarten is a huge milestone for you and your child. Cherish each and every moment with your “soon-to-be” kindergartner, as we all know, they grow up right before our very eyes. You can have fun with your child by encouraging him/her to practice the following developmental areas in preparation for kindergarten.
- Give one/two step directions.
- Read! Read! Read! You can never read too much, but try for at least 20 minutes a day.
- Give your child plenty of opportunities to draw, paint and just be creative.
- Teach uppercase/lowercase letters and sounds through play and games.
- Play board games/practice taking turns.
- Have play dates.
- Encourage your child to clean up after play.
- Spend time with someone other than mom and dad.
- Go on a shape hunt. Look for things that are shaped like circles, squares, rectangles and triangles.
- Talk about positional terms (up/down) (over/under) (top/bottom).
- Practice opposites (big/little) (slow/fast) (hot/cold).
- Count to 20.
- -Count objects in your house.
- -Count the steps you go up and down.
- Recognize/write numbers 1-10
- Make patterns (red, yellow, red, yellow).
- Sort household objects by color, size and shape (laundry, silverware, blocks).
- Learn colors (red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, brown, black, white and pink).
Extra physical activity means better sleep, so keep your child active through gross motor activities.
- Have unstructured outdoor playtime, incorporate running, jumping and climbing.
- Play catch.
- Practice skipping and galloping.
- Practice balancing.
Be sure to include fine motor activities as well.
- Cut with scissors.
- Stack blocks.
- String beads.
- Put puzzles together.
- Play and create with play dough.
- Writing a name (The first letter should be capitalized and the remaining letters should be lowercase. Letters should be written from top to bottom).
- Work on using the correct pencil grip.
Children want to feel needed. Help your child become independent and responsible by giving him/her simple jobs around the house (making the bed, clearing dishes from the table, cleaning up toys).
Give yourself a pat on the back, and be sure to enjoy each new accomplishment and experience you encounter with your child. Kindergarten is sure to be a very special and memorable time in the lives of you and your child!