Nonna's Favorite Quotes:

Nonna's Favorite Quotes: "The best way to make children good is to make them happy." — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ready...Set... Go!

As we head into the second half of the school year, those of you who have a preschooler that will be entering Kindergarten in September may be wondering if your child will be ready for this next step.

Getting ready for Kindergarten is more than just learning the ABCs. A child will be exposed to new social experiences and new rules.  Here's my list of 12 simple things that a parent can do to help prepare their child for this transition.

  1. Daily routines are very important. Regular meal times and bedtimes are a good start. A preschool child should be getting eight or more hours of sleep at night.
  2. Your child should be participating in regular physical activity. Weather permitting, your child should go outside and play everyday.
  3. Teach your child to become independent by helping them develop dressing, eating, and personal hygiene skills.
  4. Take your child to a wide variety of places. Expand their world (and their vocabulary) by going to the library, the mall, the park, the zoo, the supermarket, etc.
  5. Talk to your child and read to your child. This one may seem like a "no-brainer" but you'd be surprised at how many parents use the television to entertain their children. Talk, talk, talk and don't forget to listen.
  6. Sing songs together and don't forget to dance!
  7. Provide your preschooler with toys and games (or household objects) that encourage imagination and manipulation. Be sure to include activities that involve the alphabet and counting.
  8. Provide your child with the opportunity to play with other children on a regular basis. This will provide you with opportunities to teach them social values, cooperation, sharing, taking turns, and appropriate ways to disagree.
  9. Teach your child courtesy. "Please" and "thank you" are very important words.
  10. Establish acceptable behaviors in and outside the home.
  11. Make sure you have the following items available for your child to use: pencils, markers, chalk, paper, scissors, paste, and Playdough. Encourage them to draw, scribble and create.
  12. Provide your child with books, magazines, or flyers for them to "read" or handle.

Preparing for Kindergarten is a process that starts long before the first day of school. By getting a head start with learning new skills and becoming more independent, your child will have an easier transition when the school bell rings in September.

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