You can’t believe it! Your child is growing up and he or she will soon be in kindergarten! Time has flown by so quickly. It’s easy and definitely normal to be a little nervous about what the future holds for your little one. But, don’t worry! With a little information and a few tips, you can make sure your kids have all the kindergarten skills they need!
Your child will learn lots of things in kindergarten. But, there are some kindergarten skills that you guys should be developing at home. Of course, your little one should be working on the ABC’s and numbers. Kids should be able to name most or all of the capital and lowercase letters and their sounds. By the end of the kindergarten school year, they most likely will be expected to count to one hundred. So, if you can, give them a head start by teaching them how to count to 20, 30, or even higher. The more they learn beforehand, the easier it will be to learn how to count all the way to 100. You have probably already introduced most of these things. But, there are other really important skills that your child will need to learn, too.
Kindergarten will be a very different experience for your child. At this age, kids are probably used to being around other kids. But, in school, they will begin to develop socially in an academic setting. That’s a little different from the fun events they’ve been to with their friends. So, it’s important to work on good communication skills while your child is young. There are also a lot of things your child should be doing independently by the time he or she starts kindergarten.
Your little one should be able to go to the bathroom alone. Kids should be able to undo zippers, buttons, snaps, and so forth. They should know how to wash and dry their hands properly, too. Remember that using the bathroom at home is very different than using it at school! Your child may be used to the surroundings in your house. So, it’s important that they become completely comfortable using the restroom somewhere else.
One of the most important kindergarten skills is writing. If your son or daughter is already writing his or her name, awesome! Kids may use only capital or lowercase letters, which is fine. If your kids are able to write their first names beginning with a capital letter followed by all lower case, that’s even better!
In a world where the screen is taking the place of the page, it’s important to let your kids know just how fun reading can be! Read to and with them. If they can identify small words in the book, you’re on the right track. It’s also really great if your kids are able to apply the story to themselves. Making connections with what we read is always a bonus! You can select some books that will connect with your kids in different ways. This will help them develop useful skills, like comparing and contrasting. If they are able to listen intently and answer questions about the book, they are developing cognitive skills and learning reading comprehension. What an achievement!
Maybe, the idea of prepping your kids for kindergarten is stressing you out. The pressure to make sure your kids are on pace can be tough. But, every child is different and develops at a different rate. So, don’t worry if you’re not able to check everything off the list! You’re doing great. But, if you think you might need a little help, we’ve got you covered.
Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we have a pre-k program that can help you! Our professional staff can teach your kids some helpful kindergarten skills. And, we work with you, the parents, to make sure we’re all on the same page! If you’d like to learn more about what we do here, feel free to contact us or schedule a tour at one of our locations!