At The Country School we know you want to be confident you make the best school choice for your child, a Kindergarten where your child will be happy and challenged. Every family deserves to find the best Kindergarten for their child. But that process can be a challenge. We get it, we're parents too. For 68 years our Kindergarten teachers have delivered personalized instruction to thousands of children who have graduated confident and prepared for the next step of their educational journey. Let us share some helpful preparation tips with you!
10 Tips to Help Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten
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1. Read Aloud to your Child
Pause during your reading and ask your child to identify characters and make predictions. Similarly, do this when you are watching a TV show or movie together. Don’t let the information wash over your child. Have them make meaning about what they are hearing or watching. When making predictions, ask them what their reasons are, and if their predictions are correct, celebrate!
2. Develop and Follow Routines
These routines don’t need to be complicated. Start at home with simple chores. At mealtime allow your child to set up and clear the dishes. For school-related tasks, work on emptying and filling their backpack.
3. Teach Independence and Responsibility
Practice separating from your child so a day at school is a comfortable experience. Also, help your child learn to follow multi-step directions. Encourage them to ask for help when needed. Self-advocacy skills are tremendously important at all ages!
4. Teach Basic Self-Help Skills
From PreSchool on, children are expected to have mastery over certain basic skills such as using the bathroom independently and using a tissue to blow their nose. Putting on and removing clothing will also help with fine motor skills like using zippers, buttons, and snaps. Continue to practice these basics at home.
5. Teach Social Skills
With your child is in a classroom of many, they need to be able to navigate social situations. Teach your child how to identify and share their feelings. Host play dates so your child can learn to share and take turns as well as play with others, not simply engage in parallel play.
6. Engage in Meaningful Literacy Activities
Such activities encompass the valuable skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Following are some guidelines as you prepare your child for Kindergarten:
Reading: Help your child recognize most letters and some letter sounds, learn some common sight words, identify rhyming words, find the first page of a book, and know how to flip the pages.
Writing: Help your child hold a writing utensil correctly, identify and spell their name using upper and lower case letters, and draw a picture to express an idea.
Speaking: Encourage your child to talk in complete sentences, use descriptive words, tell/retell a story or share an experience , express their own ideas, ask questions, and be curious.
Listening: Encourage your child to listen without interrupting.
7. Engage in Meaningful Mathematical Activities
Make math fun! Play games that require children to classify objects by size, color, or shape or that ask them to identify or create simple patterns. Teach them how to make comparisons and describe relationships between objects like big/little, under/over, and first/last. A game like this is also good for strengthening literacy skills. Practice counting to and identifying numbers to 20.
8. Cover the Basics
Teach your child colors, parts of the body, days of the week and months.
9. Teach Fine Motor Skills
Working on arts and crafts projects with your child will give them practice using scissors, glue, paint and other materials easily and will help them learn to grip a writing utensil properly.
10. Practice Gross Motor Skills. Head outside for this one!
Go on a family walk while encouraging your child to run, jump, hop, and skip. Got a ball? Enjoy a game of kicking and catching. Stuck inside? Build with blocks or make forts together.
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Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent school serving students in PreSchool-Grade 8. The Country School is committed to active, hands-on learning and a vigorous curriculum that engages the whole child.