Starting kindergarten can be a tough time for a kid. He is separated from his parents in a new environment where he needs to be independent and responsible. He needs to be confident. However, if he feels he knows less than other children, it would have a negative impact on his confidence.

Similarly, not knowing certain words can also affect his progress at school. Thus, some words should be a part of a kid’s vocabulary before he starts kindergarten.

What the child must know

When a kid starts school, the first thing he is expected to do is introduce himself. Thus, a child should be able to speak his name before starting school, both first and last name.  It would be a good idea to teach him to write it as well.

The child should be capable of counting to at least 30. He should be able to tell which number comes before or after a particular given number till 20.

He needs to know all the letters in his first name voicing them out correctly.

It would be appealing if he could identify and voice out the basic geometric shapes including triangle, circle, star, square and rectangle among others.

He should also be aware of the primary colors such as red, green, Blue, yellow, purple, orange and pink.

He needs to be able to rhyme words tell a short, simple story.

Some common words that should be a part of his vocabulary include

  • Thank you
  • Please
  • May I
  • Teacher
  • Lunch
  • Food
  • Class
  • Break
  • Restroom/washroom/toilet
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Dress
  • Home

These are a few examples of the words that will help make his kindergarten journey easier.

How to prepare your kid for kindergarten

Till the time a kid starts school, his sole source for learning is his parents. Thus, it is up to you to enhance his vocabulary and ensure that he knows enough to kick-start his educational journey on a good note.

First of all, you need to interact with him daily. Speak to him in simple terms in words that he can understand and pronounce. Children are quick to pick on things from their parents and thus when you speak to him, he will grasp the words, and they will become a part of his memory.

Reading to him daily is also a good idea. Read a particular book to him multiple times before getting him to read it on his own. Assist him on the words he finds challenging to voice. Ensure that you tell him the meanings of the word.

Word games can also enhance his vocabulary significantly and ensure that he knows adequate words that will get him through the initial days in school.

Conduct a mock school day to ensure that he knows the words that will be of help in his first day to school.

Your kid will need encouragement and assistance at every step. Make sure that you give him the confidence to speak so that he does not shy away from communicating at school.

Brought to you by the KidsEnglishCollege™ Editorial Team.

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