Many parents stress over what their child needs to know before starting kindergarten. You may worry that your child doesn’t know enough and will fall behind the rest of the class. Additionally, you may worry that they are too far ahead and will be bored in school. Ultimately, teachers know how to teach kids effectively, no matter what level they start at. However, taking a few steps to help your child prepare for kindergarten can help reduce the stress of their transition to school.
Becoming familiar with math concepts can help your child when it’s time to learn math in school. Some basic math concepts you should focus on include counting to 20, counting groups of objects up to 10, and adding and subtracting small numbers.
Reading and Literature
Your child doesn’t need to know how to read prior to kindergarten. Most children will only be able to recognize a few words when they start school. You can help your child learn by reading books to them consistently. This can help them recognize words, as well as teach them the general concepts that apply to books. This includes reading right to left, top to bottom, and taking care of books. Additionally, your child should be able to visually recognize their own name and sing the alphabet.
These skills tend to be the most important, because teachers preside over a class of 15 or more children. This may prevent them from helping each child individually. Teach your child how to open their lunch containers and refrain from packing anything in their lunch that is difficult to open. Your child should also know how to listen and follow instructions.
You should teach your child how to put on and take off outerwear like coats and jackets. This is especially important during cold weather. Your child should also know how to adjust their clothing before and after using the bathroom and should be effectively potty-trained. Your child should also have developed basic social interaction skills. This can be accomplished through practice, especially in environments like pre-school.
You should enjoy your time with your children rather than stressing over it. Children learn quickly and will pick up the necessary skills in time. If your child needs further guidance or instruction, the teacher will be able to advise you on the best way to provide it.