Is your child going to be starting Kindergarten soon? If so, there are a few things you can do as a parent to help prepare them!
Preparing for Kindergarten
Reading to your child is such an important thing for learning. If they see you interested in reading books, it will help them want to learn how to read too!
My daughter likes to read her books to her younger brother, and while it isn't exactly what the words say on the book, she is learning.
2. Make math fun
Math can be a subject that a lot of kids struggle with. If you make it fun, they will have a lot more interest in it even if they get things wrong at first.
My daughter likes doing math problems from this preschool math workbook.
3. Handwriting Practice
Kindergarten will be a time when your little one will start really using her handwriting, especially writing his/her own name.
Before they start school, it's a great ideas to start working on handwriting.
We used handwriting workbooks like this one from Amazon to help my daughter learn to trace her letters. With lots of practice, they will start mastering their letters without needing to trace anymore!
This is probably one of the most important things to teach your child before they start Kindergarten. They need to be able to follow instructions, as well as listen to their teacher.
You can help prepare your child now by explaining that when they start school, they need to listen to their teachers.
5. Scissor skills
Another activity in Kindergarten is arts and crafts. Teaching your child about scissor skills beforehand can put your child that much ahead.
There are tons of different scissor skill work books out there, but you could also just draw different shapes and let your child practice cutting those out.
If your child didn't go to preschool, Kindergarten might be the first time they are around a bunch of kids for an extended period of time. This is why it's important for them to know how to share.
Last thing you want as a parent is a phone call about bad behavior.
7. Being kind and courteous
This might go without saying, but before they start Kindergarten it would be wise to teach your children about being kind to one another.
Lead by example and show them how to make friends and be courteous.
Before my daughter started Kindergarten, we got her some barbies. Use the barbies or other toys to help show how to be friendly to one another.