When it comes to Kindergarten, every parent has worries on whether their child will succeed or not. Being involved in the Kindergarten readiness process with your young child is very important. Here is a list of the top kindergarten readiness tips.
Social Readiness Tips
• Show curiosity
• Involved in play with other children
• Gets involved in group activities
• Is able to share well and take turns with other children
Above is a list of social skills your child should master or be working on before Kindergarten starts. Since your kindergartener will be in a class full of others, it’s important that they learn how to share, get involved in group activities, shows curiosity, and splay with other children. This is a small list of social readiness tips your pre-kindergartner should be working on, but it is the start needed for a successful Kindergarten year.
Academic Readiness Tips
• Can use pictures to help communicate
• Shows an interest in reading
• Pretends to read to others or “play reads”
• Follow more than one step directions
• Can name shapes, colors of the shapes
• Shows an interest in writing through scribbles
• Knows the alphabet, can recite and recognize upper and lower case letters.
Academics is a large part of kindergarten. Before a child reachs K level, they should be able to complete the list above, plus more. To get your child ready for K, you should start introducing them to letters, numbers, shapes and more.
Physical Readiness Tips
• Stacking blocks
• Putting together a small puzzle
• Should be able to use scissors (this includes grasping them correctly)
• Using a glue stick, play with playdough, use a pencil correctly
Some parents are not aware that their student should be prepared physically for Kindergarten. It’s important that the child be able to participate in the above physical activities plus more.
What can you do as a parent to help your pre-k student?
These are just small lists of academic, social, and physical readiness standards for your pre-k child. There is still plenty of time for your child to learn this area before starting Kindergarten. It’s encouraging to know that a lot of these tasks are learned through everyday living.
If you are worried that your child might not be ready for Kindergarten, then take one of the readiness skills and begin working on them. You can also look at the state standards for your particular state to see what a child should know before starting Kindergarten.
Do you have any other suggestions that would help a child prepare for Kindergarten?