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.