Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Parents often ask about how they can prepare their child for coming to kindergarten. Here are some simple and fun activities that will guarantee a successful start in kindergarten.
Practice shoe tying.
- Practice writing first name.
- Play "I Spy' with colors and shapes.
- Practice writing numbers 0 through 10.
- Practice cutting with scissors.
- Learn address, phone number, and birthday.
- Practice counting skills with everything from forks on the dinner table to Barbie dolls and monster trucks.
- Make letters with Play-doh, pipe cleaners, shaving cream, sidewalk chalk, etc.
- Make names and words with magnetic letters.
- Play with modeling clay to strengthen little fingers for fine motor skills.
- Count aloud - how high can you go?
- Draw pictures and tell what they are about.
- Go on a letter or word hunt as you are driving, in the kitchen cabinet, or while you are reading - let your child tell you the ones they know!
- Name the days of the week, months of the year, and seasons.
- READ, READ, READ every day! Read a variety of books - fiction, non-fiction, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and poems.