Top 10 Kindergarten Prep Tips for Families
Posted August 30, 2010on:
Top 10 Kindergarten Prep Tips For Families
1. Acknowledge that your kindergarten child is only 4 or 5 years old and it is fine to be a kid!
2. Be positive about all aspects of this new experience.
3. Find out everything you can about your child’s school district and your child’s school building; school calendar, what is expected of kindergarteners on their first day, paperwork required, meetings, bus schedules, etc…. Investigate your district / school’s website for important addresses, phone numbers and contact names.
4. Physically make your child ready for their new building, school grounds, new friends and new thing. Visit the school and playground ahead of time…take the “new” out of whatever you can for their first day of kindergarten!
5. Get involved with other parents and the community.
6. Stay informed about how young children learn and advocate for good practice. Practice skills and play with your child this summer!
7. Understand that your child will be one of 20-25 children in their kindergarten classroom and things will change. Talk about and practice listening, sharing, waiting, independence…
8. Physically begin their kindergarten routine this last week of summer; rest, bed and wake up times, ride the bus, lunchtime schedule…Set up a simple wall calendar to track school days.
9. Be ready! Establish consistent family routines – back up sick care – prepare for after school care and days off– rest, homework and play. Kindergarten is busy enough. Don’t over schedule your child or yourself!
10. Attend everything offered to parents – orientation, open house, meet the teachers — PARTICIPATE!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director