Entering Kindergarten can be a huge transition! Together, we can make this year as successful as possible.
Here are a few ways you can support your child at home...
General Kindergarten Skills
-Practice saying first and last name
-Practice eating "school lunch" before the first day. Help your child independently practice unpacking their lunch box, opening containers and cleaning up after eating. We eat lunch for about 25 minutes, so completing within this time frame is key!
-Practice zipping and unzipping backpack, jackets and coats
-Practice unpacking and packing school backpack with folders
-Practice using the bathroom independently-- fastening and unfastening pants, using the toilet, wiping, flushing, and hand washing. Boys, practice aim and putting the lid down when finished.
-Practice organizing and putting items and supplies away in their designated spots/ keeping things orderly. We will have desks and cubbies to keep items in.
-For when it is cold, practice putting on and taking off gloves, hats, scarves etc.
Writing/ Fine Motor
-Practice tracing (or writing) first name with an initial uppercase letter
-Practice drawing squiggles, circles, loops, and zig zags
-Practice holding a pencil
-Practice holding scissors and scissor skills (i.e. open, slide, close)
-Practice using colors that 'make sense' when drawing 'real' pictures (i.e. a banana would not be pink :) )
-READ READ READ at home! :)
-Help your child identify letters on signs, billboards, and other environmental print
-Play rhyming games
-Play I Spy Games to enforce using details to describe people, places or things
-Let your child read to you by taking a 'picture walk' and looking at the different pictures in a book
-Build letters out of play doh, legos, toys, etc.
-Practice letter sounds
-When time time comes further into the school year, practice sight words
-Help your child identify numbers on signs, billboards, and other environmental print
-Sort items into categories (red things, fuzzy things, etc.)
-Practice shapes and colors
-Practice one-to-one correspondance by pointing and counting items
-Play hop scotch, go fish, and number matching games
-Practice your child's home address with them
-Practice an important phone number
-Practice their birthday (month, day, year) and how old they are