Six Things You Can Do To Get Your Kid Ready For Kindergarten

Your baby is headed off to Kindergarten! Let’s face it, starting elementary school is a big deal.  Not just for your kid, but also for you, the parent. I have been a Kindergarten teacher, and I’ll be the first to tell you, Kindergarten has changed a lot in recent years. Kids are expected to learn and grow so much. They will mature a lot socially, but also you will see huge leaps in their academic skills. By the time they leave kindergarten, they will be expected to read! For better or worse, Kindergarten is not just playing, coloring and nap time anymore.

Here are six things you can do to help make your child’s transition to Kindergarten easier:
Practice identifying letters of the alphabet — not just the Upper Case, but lowercase as well, since that’s what they’ll see in books. You can point to letters in a book and ask your child to name the letter. 

Practice matching the letter to the letter’s sound.  Your child doesn’t need to start Kindergarten knowing every letter sound, but it definitely helps them develop early reading skills if they know some.

Have your child practice writing his name properly, with uppercase and lowercase letters like “Jake.” Learning to write is a big part of Kindergarten.  

Introduce your child to sight words. Sight words are words that you can not sound out and need to be memorized such as, are and the.  

Read books to your child daily. Children who are read to have a larger vocabulary and an understanding of how a book is held and read correctly. When you read to your child, pause and ask your kid questions about what’s happening in the book. This will help improve their comprehension. If you miss a day of reading (we all do), don’t worry, just start again the next day!

Point out signs and logos.  When you’re in the car together, point out street signs, like a red stop sign and ask, “what’s that sign say?” When they say “it’s a stop sign!” make a big deal about how they just read a word! Kids get excited when they hear your excitement, and feel a sense of accomplishment. You can also do this with words they see all the time, like the word “Cheerios” on the cereal box.

Learning how to read can be intimidating for kids and parents.  Now, you have the power to help build your kid’s reading confidence!

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