Is your child heading to kindergarten soon?

Just like any parent, you must also be wondering whether he or she is ‘kindergarten-prepared.’ Would they be able to meet all the expectations of the teacher? Would they survive the whole day without home? Should you wait another year before finally setting them off for the school milestone?

This and many other questions come in the parents mind before their little one starts his academic endeavor. To help ease your apprehension, here is a quick checklist of the things your child should know before kindergarten starts.

Academic Skills

  1. Recognize and name the basic shapes such as circle, square, and triangle.
  2. Recognize and name the basic colors (red, yellow, blue, green, pink, black, white, brown)
  3. Say the complete alphabet and recognize them when shown in books/board.
  4. Identify the upper and lower case letters.
  5. Recognize their first and last name.
  6. Write their first name and identify the letters used in it.
  7. Sort items by size, color, shape, etc.
  8. Use fingers to accurately touch the items while counting.
  9. Use a three-finger grasp when using pencils, scissors, and crayons.
  10. Retell simple stories in sequential order.

 

Social skills

  1. Use the bathroom independently.
  2. Wash hands and dry them without help.
  3. Take off and put on outerwear without assistance.
  4. Be confident and ready to separate from parents.
  5. Be able to share toys/lunch/educational material with peers.
  6. Be capable of listening and following 2-3 step directions.
  7. Clean up their belongings without assistance.
  8. Sit through a story session of 10-15 minutes.
  9. Take turns.
  10. Open any food containers present in their lunch box.

How to make the transition for your child easy?

Besides preparing your child with the above-mentioned skills, make sure you enhance their readiness for the outside world by:

  • Giving them responsibilities around the house and making sure they follow it through.
  • Allow them to play with other children.
  • Take them to different places such as zoo, park, beach, airport, and farm.
  • Encourage your child to talk about the things you see in the everyday life. Allow them to share their experiences and value each word they say by listening without interrupting.
  • Read to them daily and let your child turn the pages.
  • Talk about the book with your child and let them describe the pictures.
  • Criticism can influence negatively on children and ruin their confidence so always praise and encourage your child in all their endeavors.

Always remember, each child is different and learns at his or her own pace. A kindergarten teacher also knows this and thus prepares classes to reach a varying group of kids.

In the end, it does not matter what your child know but that he or she is ready to learn and start the academic journey with a positive attitude.

Good luck!

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