School is right around the corner, and Kindergarten is not only a big step for your little one, but a big step for you. Whether this is the first time your child has been away from you for the whole day or not, starting Kindergarten is an emotional step in both of your lives. That is why it is so important to prepare your child for their first day. Here are 7 ways to prepare your child for their first day of kindergarten!
#1 Talk about it
The best way to prepare your child for their first day of Kindergarten is to talk to them about it. Let your little one know how Kindergarten will work, who their teacher is, and when you will see them.
#2 Read Stories
Reading is a great way to bond with your child. Not only is reading stories great for you and your child, but it helps prepare your child to focus for longer periods of time before Kindergarten. Stories are very important part of Kindergarten.
#3 Work on Fine Motor Skills
Developing hand writing skills is a key part of Kindergarten. Get your child ready for Kindergarten by teaching them how to hold a pencil correctly, write their name correctly, and focus on fine motor skills such as gluing, cutting, and coloring.
#4 Encourage Independence
As your child starts Kindergarten, he will not only be expected to spend time away from you, but to make decisions on his own. Encourage your child to make decisions, do things on his own, and entertain himself.
#5 Practice Letters
Your child needs to know at least 13 upper and lowercase letters. Play games to encourage letter recognition and sounds. There are many educational apps out there that teach letters without your child knowing it.
#6 Practice Numbers
Your child will need to know how to count as well as number recognition. Have your child practice counting snacks, toys, and items in the house. Have a scavenger hunt to find numbers.
#7 Work on your Address and Phone Number
As your little one prepares to leave you all day, it is important for them to know their phone number, address, and full name. Work on these skills with your child, so if anything were to happen, your child can get back to you safely.
What other ways have you prepared your child for Kindergarten? Share your Kindergarten readiness tips in the comments below!