• What Can I Do to Prepare My Child for Kindergarten?

     

     *Personal Needs

       Dress themselves - tying shoes, buttons pants/coats, zip jackets

       Know left and right - practice with your shoes!

       Take care of bathroom needs

       Washing hands & blowing nose

       Recognizing own clothing and possessions

     

    *Responsibilities

       Following simple directions

       Putting toys and clothing away

       Understanding concepts of space, direction and place

     

    *Establish Routines

       Set limits - have your child help make rules together

       Eating habits

       Sleeping habits

       Create a daily or weekly schedule

     

    *Communication

       Talk with your child

       Practice "active listening"

       Turn-taking in conversations

       Maintaining eye contact

       Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and emotions

     

    *Read! Read! Read!

       Talk about the pictures and what is happening in the story

       Talk about the meaning of words in the text

       Visit the library

       Read labels at the store

     

    *Academic Skills

       Recognize, name, count and write numerals 1-20

       Count and sort objects together

       Count to 100

       Recognize and name colors, shapes and patterns

       Write first and last name

       Identify letters and sounds