Kindergartners and parents alike look forward to kindergarten. It’s only natural for you to want your child to be prepared for this new chapter. In addition to fundamental academic skills, kindergarten readiness is also about equipping our little ones with a range of skills that will help them adjust smoothly to school.
Here are seven kindergarten readiness skills you can read about with your preschooler:
Listening and following directions
Kindergarten is typically more structured than preschool or daycare. Kindergarteners learn to listen and follow classroom instructions, as they settle into a more traditional classroom setting.
At home, you can help your child develop this skill through games and playtime. Play games that require listening and following directions, such as “Simon Says.”
Reading and writing
The early learning of reading is associated with higher academic success. Before the first day of kindergarten, make sure your child is familiar with letters, words, and other key concepts (such as left-to-right directionality).
By providing ample opportunities for practice, you can also help your child develop early reading and writing skills. Explore kindergarten-focused books that introduce letters, words, and sounds. Other materials, like letter magnets, are also good for practicing these skills
Fine motor skills
In kindergarten, kids really hone their fine motor skills, which is the ability to use their fingers, hands, wrists, and arms with care and precision.
You can do many activities with your child at home to help them develop fine motor skills. Play with play dough or thread beads.
Math and numeracy skills
In addition to counting and adding, kindergarteners also learn some basic math concepts.
Fun activities can help your child practice counting and recognizing numbers at home. Take math concepts into activities like cooking, the days of the week, or grocery shopping!
According to psychologists, self-regulation is one of the most important kindergarten readiness skills for children. It is the ability to effectively manage emotions and behaviors. In school, this skill helps children maintain focus and complete tasks. In academic settings, children will have to adjust to and compromise at times. Thus, self-regulation is a vital life skill.
You can help your child learn this kindergarten readiness skill by setting routines and limits. Create a bedtime routine that includes soothing activities such as brushing teeth and reading. Consistently enforce the rules in your home so your child can more easily follow school rules and expectations.
Playing well with others is a crucial part of kindergarten preparation. Kindergarteners must learn how to work together and communicate effectively with peers.
Playing pretend can help your preschooler practice these skills. Also, set up playdates with friends and neighbors so your child can play with kids the same age.
Reading and language skills
Reading and writing become a major focus in kindergarten. Additionally, this time focuses on holding a writing utensil properly when writing. Children at this age need to be comfortable speaking clearly and articulating their thoughts.
Your child can develop language skills by reading early. Make sure you choose books appropriate for your child’s reading level and talk about each story’s message. It will help them follow stories and make connections. In addition to teaching reading and language skills, books also develop creativity, imagination, and comprehension.
A child’s transition to kindergarten is an important academic milestone. Developing these kindergarten readiness skills at home can help preschoolers prepare for this exciting journey.
Children Central utilizes a pre-K reading readiness program designed to give children the foundation they need in order to be successful as they begin formal reading instruction in kindergarten. This effective pre-K curriculum uses beautifully illustrated selections of children’s literature as the basis of the program’s ten units in the program. Visit our website to learn more!