Getting Ready for Kindergarten
*Play games together.
-Let your child lose. Talk about the fun of playing a game and of spending time with people you like.
-Let your child go second when you start the game.
-Practice taking turns.
*Zip zippers. Button buttons. Snap snaps. Fasten shoes (velco or tie).
-Have your child practice putting on and fastening jackets.
*Talk about emotions.
-Practice calming strategies such as getting a drink of water or taking deep breaths.
-Support your child as he/she practices naming emotions and telling what he/she needs or wants.
*Practice using a lunch box.
-Pack a typical lunch and have your child practice opening any packaging/containers that are likely to be in their lunch.
*Read, read, read.
-Read to your child.
-Ask your child to "read" to you, using the pictures to remember parts of the story.
-Talk about the pictures, characters and what happened in the story.
-Talk about favorite, and least favorite, parts of the story.
*Sing/say nursery rhymes and The ABC Song.
-Slow down when you get to L-M-N-O-P.
*Count lots of things: toys, rocks, crayons, etc.
-Touch one item for each number you say.