Trying to prepare your little one for their first day of Kindergarten can be kind of tough if you don’t know what to teach them. Here is a list of how to prepare your child for kindergarten – A checklist you can use!! Not quite ready – PIN IT for later!
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Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten
To prepare your child for Kindergarten, you’ll want to do this checklist with him or her but not all at once. Don’t push, but rather do a slow learn during the summer months while they are doing nothing.
So, do you let your kids have the summers off, or do you like to keep their brains active during summer, so they don’t forget anything? I’m not sure what I will do next summer, but this is a massive step for Kinders, and I want to prepare mine for it. When we went to Meet the Teacher night, they did stress that a kindergartner should know these things or at least know something about each one.
Kindergarten Checklist to Get Your Child Ready for School
- Be able to say their first and last name.
- Use appropriated 3-finger grasp when using pencils and scissors.
- Know all the letters in their first name.
- Know all the primary colors, red, blue, yellow, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink.
- Identify numerals 1-10 in random order.
- Identify the most upper and lowercase letters.
- Use fingers to accurately count items to 10
- Follow 2-3 step directions.
- Be able to rhyme words.
- To re-tell simply stories in sequence.
- Use the restroom and wash hands independently.
- Sit for a story for 5-10 minutes.
- Clean up after themselves.
- Share materials and toys with other children.
- Be confident and ready to separate from the parent.
- Know concepts of reading such as front to back, the flow of the book, which page comes first, and reading left from right.
Things Children Learn in Preschool
While my son was in Preschool, he learned to…
- write his name
- hold a pencil
- cut with scissors
- use the restroom and wash his hands
- and perhaps a few more things that are on the Kindergarten checklist.
He only went twice a week for 5 hours each day. It’s up to us now to teach him the rest.
I think this Kindergarten checklist is very manageable, but I’m having a hard time with #10. I’m sure he will catch on at school.
Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten NOW
To get my son prepared for Kindergarten, my husband bought a Scholastic Kindergarten Workbook for us to use at home. I tear out a page a day and let him work on it. If he asks for the Kindle but hasn’t done a page yet, he doesn’t get the Kindle until he finishes one page in the workbook. I started with A and will continue to Z. He loves to show his daddy what he did, so I’m hoping that’s enough encouragement for him to keep doing one page a day.
Do you think I’m going a little overboard with all this? Being a substitute teacher for six years, most of it in a Kindergarten class, I remember quite well that there were kids that didn’t know a thing at the beginning of school and that there were kids who breezed past everything. I don’t want my son to be the kid that knows nothing for fear he’ll get behind.
I’m anxious to know if you intend to prepare your child for Kindergarten this summer, or will you just let them play and not worry about learning anything. I remember in my younger years not learning a thing in the summer – only playing.
Start now to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten – A Checklist You Can Use!! Be sure to Pin for a good reference tool.
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