How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is the most significant milestone in a child’s school career. Transition to kindergarten is more struggling experience for children as they face new school, new teacher and new friends. Your child need to be more prepared for a new structured classroom environment. Parents or caregivers should do their part in helping the child to improve his or her educational readiness.

Before kindergarten enrollment, child should learn a variety of skills and behaviors such as literacy, math, motor skills, social and character building and cognitive or mental readiness. Preschool or nursery school program is a good practice for children before joining kindergarten school. Preschool learning helps them to learn to interact with other children, participate in activities and understand and follow directions.

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Parent should consider the following things to prepare their child become ready for kindergarten.

1) When children are ready for kindergarten, they should be able to talk words and sentences. They should use language to interact, to play and to express needs. Children should also be able to name items such as animals, colors, body parts, toys, food and more. Pronunciation can be difficult for some children. Reading aloud may help your children in building many language skills such as reading and vocabulary building.

2) Children between 3-5 ages are not developmentally ready to write using pencil, but they can identify letters and numbers. It is good for a kindergarten-ready child to aware of all letters and numbers 1-10. Practice them for writing their names through fun ways such as in sand, finger paint, glitter crayons and so on. The willingness to write and draw is more important in this age. For numeral practice, you can create simple games such as go fish, bingo, play memory etc. Frequently refer calendar and talk about days of week and date. Use the objects all around in home to practice counting.

3) Physical development is also important before entering a kindergarten setting. Child should possess strong social and intellectual skills and you can help them in developing social skills. Allow them to spend time with other children talking and playing. Give small tasks to develop responsibility. Enable them to follow a daily routine, encourage them to share and so on.

4) Developing motor skill coordination is also significant. To develop fine motor skills, provide them with crayons, markers and paints to use and express their creativity. Allow them to tie, button, snap and zip their own clothing. Playing with Legos, bristle blocks and small building toys help to build motor skill.

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