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Ready, Set, Go! Five Tips to Help You Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Smiling parents reading with young child.

Our kindergarten teachers welcome young learners to school each fall and share with parents the belief that every child can flourish. Here are their five tips, along with some fun activities, that can help make the kindergarten transition a success.

 

1. Develop a child’s spirit of independence. 

Independence leads to success in kindergarten and beyond.

Let your child solve a simple problem, such as assembling a toy or putting together a puzzle. If you see your child struggling a bit, pause before you help and give her a moment to work on a solution herself.

2. Work on those fine motor skills.

Kindergarten is learning new things. Fine motor skills can help. Get them in shape with arts and crafts.

Ask your child what ideas he has about going to kindergarten. Write down some of your child’s answers. Then ask him to draw a picture of what kindergarten will be like.

3. Make playing with others a priority.

Working together and listening make kindergarten fun for everyone. Practice by creating a story together. Start a story, then pause at a pivotal point in the tale to let your child complete the tale.

You can also read aloud with your child every day. Your reading time doesn’t have to be long—5-10 minutes each day will make this a regular activity.

4. Practice simple self-care habits. 

Kindergarten will teach your child about safety and responsibility. You can start the lesson by introducing some basics.

Sing a phone number or address song. Take a song your child knows well and change the lyrics to your phone number and address.

5. Be their first teacher.

In the WDMCS, we believe parents and guardians are the first and most important teachers for children. Help your children begin their learning by practicing word and number skills.

Play “store.” Put price tags for 20 cents or less on toys and let your child use pennies, nickels, and dimes to pay for them.

Look for shapes together by playing “I Spy.” You might say, “I spy a blue square. Can you find it?” Once your child finds the shape, your child can ask you to find the next item.

Learn more about kindergarten in the WDMCS at www.wdmcs.org/district/our-schools/registration/kindergarten/.

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