Fun ways to help your child get ready for kindergarten
Metro Schools Kindergarten Enrollment Week is April 6-10, 2015
Here are some important (and fun!) steps your family can take to get ready for the first day of school. You can find much more kindergarten readiness information on iTrails.org or download a Welcome to Kindergarten parent guid.
Keep your child healthy.
- Make an appointment with your doctor or a health clinic to get a physical. Also make sure your child has the required immunizations and an updated Tennessee Certificate of Immunization.
- Set an early bedtime. There is no naptime in kindergarten, and kids need lots of sleep to thrive.
- Serve well-balanced meals to provide good energy to your child for a busy day at school.
- Children learn valuable social skills when they play with one another at home, in the neighborhood, at the park and in prekindergarten or child care settings. They learn to communicate, share and solve problems – three skills they’ll need in kindergarten.
Encourage independence, one step at a time.
- Your child can help with daily routines and household chores. Teach your child to get dressed, use the bathroom, wash hands, open containers (like milk or juice boxes) and clear the table. Help them practice these skills at home in an environment they know. They’ll also be ready to use their small muscles for drawing, writing and cutting in kindergarten.
- Be sure your child has an opportunity to visit his or her new school to tour the building.
- Have lots of conversations! You can discuss what your child will do in the library, cafeteria, gym, office, playground and classroom. Introduce new words to help your child’s vocabulary grow.
- Teach your child how to brush his or her teeth. You can practice together two times every day.
- Play the opposite game with your child. When you say “up” your child says “down.” Start with easy pairs (big/little and fast/slow) and try harder words, too.
- Encourage your child to set the table and to count enough plates, cups and forks for everyone.
- Sort and fold laundry with your child. Talk about different colors as you sort.
Kids can learn and have fun at the same time!
- Practice writing your first and last name.
- Draw a picture or write a note and hide it under someone’s pillow.
- Count to ten. Then try counting backwards from ten to zero.
- Practice taking your shoes off and putting them back on.
- Look at a cereal box. Find all the letters you know.
- Draw pictures of your favorite foods.