It’s so hard to watch our children growing. To see that everyday they become more independent. Then as a parent to have the big day looming over your head, the one that lets you know they are not so little anymore. It’s time for kindergarten! The time when they go off into the world and you realize they need you a little less every day. They come home full of stories and experiences. It was just one year ago that my son was registering for kindergarten, but long before the registration comes the prep work. The time to get the little ones ready for the knowledge he/she will receive.
First things first READ. Number one most important thing is to make sure you read to your child every night. That is not just advice for starting kindergarten that should start from the time that they were born. My son has a broad vocabulary and I credit a lot of that to the fact that he was read to so much. It taught him to love books which is so important. He began to recognize certain words which in turn helped him learn to read early on. I think one of the key things to do to make sure your child is ready and possibly ahead of the other students is to read.
Another step I made to prepare for kindergarten was buying workbooks. You can buy them for all ages starting with preschool and up. You can find the workbooks pretty much anywhere but in my case I found that they had a wide variety of them at mass merchandiser such as Target and Walmart. These workbooks teach everything from reading skills to math. Everyday I had study time with my son where we sat down and he had to do a few pages out of his workbooks. Not only did this teach him skills he would need for school but also getting in a routine of doing school work every day. I also made sure we were in a quiet place. I wanted him to know it was work time and not play time. It helped him learn to be quiet and still while doing school work. Which is an added advantage for your child’s kindergarten teacher.
Also make sure your child is interacting with other children. They will have to learn to develop relationships in kindergarten and why not give them a head start. Set up play dates, go to the park, try taking them to different programs in your town. I know my son loved story time once a week at the library and we have an activity building in my town that is just for kids. It has a mini grocery store, art gallery, and they can even pretend to do the weather and see themselves on TV. So check it out and see what is available near you.
Lastly just let their little imaginations roam. You never know who they will grow up to be.