Even as you anticipate the start of kindergarten together, take time to enjoy your child. Play together. Go places together. Read and talk together. In the process, you’ll be encouraging their enthusiasm for learning and helping them get off to a great start!
Don’t worry if your child doesn’t know all the letters, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. They will learn those in kindergarten. (Yes, it’s good to talk with them about those things so they have the idea…but they certainly don’t need to master them!) Read to your child and talk about the stories. Talk with them about EVERYTHING they see and do. Vocabulary and previous knowledge is very important in developing comprehension and other skills. Yes, be sure they get enough sleep and a good breakfast. Get them ready for the experience of school !
Here are some activities you can do with your kids
- Encourage active play, especially pretend play, with other children.
- Read, read, and read to them every day. Talk about the words in books; ask them to predict what will happen in the stories and to make up stories of their own.
- Provide pencils, markers, crayons, and blank paper for drawing and “writing.”
- Use everyday activities to point out words and numbers.