Preparing for Kindergarten

It is time for your child’s entry into school. This is a fun and exciting time for both you and your child. It is a time when you want to be able to provide your child with the best experience possible.

Here are some helpful hints that can help make that entry into Kindergarten a wonderful experience:
• Read and share books with your child, talking about the way we hold books, turn the pages and look at books from left to right; talk about the ideas and information in the stories you read.
• Help them develop their language skills by having them talk in full sentences as they tell you about things they do, describe things, and share experiences.
• Provide opportunities for children to practice buttoning, doing zippers, drawing, cutting, and tying shoelaces to develop fine motor skills.
• Ensure they can use the bathroom independently and wash their hands.
• Practice dressing for outdoor play. Clothes that are easy to put on and fasten, take off and don’t restrict movement will be the most comfortable for your child.
• Help your child learn and follow routines by establishing consistent routines for putting away toys, hanging up outdoor clothing etc.
• Provide opportunities for your child to develop ball handling, skipping, hopping and jumping skills.
• Help them identify their name in print.