Your Child For Kindergarten

Your Child For Kindergarten

How To Better Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten

Your Child For Kindergarten
Time for pre-K. I’m sure everyone assuming your child is going to be ready for Kindergarten. I just want to mention a few items that can better prepare them for Kindergarten. I have personal knowledge here because I had a brother who struggled through Kindergarten. I can guarantee there is nothing wrong with your child. But just remember how much a little boy or girl struggles when trying to understand the words at the bottom of a cereal box or in a book. Getting them ready for Kindergarten can be a big help. I will discuss some ideas at the end.

By being ready for Kindergarten, you will be ahead of the game, which means… better prepared for the whole thing! Here are some ideas:

Kindergarten is a Praise Based World

Think of Kindergarten as being sort of like preschool. Kids are all excited about being kids and want to please their parents. Show the kids how proud they can be of their accomplishments and how glad they are to have their parents as their teachers. This will make the transition into Kindergarten more pleasant for the child and his parents.

Teach them welcoming words such as “Please”, “Thank you”, “Thank you for playing”, “I like you too”, “I see you did that very well”. Encourage positive reinforcement whenever the kids say something positive about another child’s performance. Kids will come to identify a set of positive behaviors and eventually they will teach these behaviors to others.

Teach social skills such as peer pressure, manners, the difference between girls and boys, and what to do to help each other. Kindergarten is a social transition as well, so teach these social skills too.

Develop gross motor skills for walking and standing by holding them up, and point out the chairs and the toys. Make sure the child gets the idea that it is OK to potty while looking at the things around them. This will help the child be more comfortable in the classroom and more confident to come into the Kindergarten classroom.

frighten the child if he or she makes a mistake in the classroom when the teacher is not looking. This will just make the child fear going back into the Kindergarten environment.

Indicate that if the child makes a mistake they will have to go back into the Kindergarten environment and have a follow up with the teacher. Have an effective follow-up and a clear understanding of the rules of the classroom. I will address the follow-up at the end of the article.

Teach the child to put something in their box and bring it out, when they are ready, and sit down. Kindergarteners prefer to play with toys rather than with building blocks or other simple blocks. Though many children play with building blocks, many do not and will refuse to play with blocks of any kind until it is time to work. Work with the child and have them build something for their own use. I have seen preschoolers build a figure to help them play with it later.

The teacher plays a very important role during the first few days of school. It is important that you show the child that the world is out there and that people, even adults, can come to explore it. Help the child discover that the sky is the limit, that you can’t think of any limitations, and that imagination is a powerful tool.

By allowing the child to lead, you help them to focus and become confident in themselves. Every child needs a mentor, someone who believed in them and encouraged them to follow their dreams. A gifted child may have a difficult time thinking that his or her dreams are achievable and even believe that they can’t achieve them.

In order for your child to find success in the use of their talents, you must help them to stay focused and motivated. A mentor may have the ability to help your child to focus on what he/she wants to pursue, or to help them find the use of their talents and skills.

Celebrate their achievements and significant contributions.

It is always uplifting to see a child succeed. Of course, it’s even more exciting when you can share the news with your spouse and other children. It will be a very happy and excited event for both of you.

While you may not be aware of these children, their success is your responsibility to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements. Be happy for them and glad for them.

As parents we want our children to be happy and it is up to us to encourage and support them in the pursuit of their dreams.