Here are seven simple, but important strategies to help you and your child prepare for kindergarten. Delphi Boston

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Kindergarteners

Every parent wants to ensure that their child has a positive experience when they start kindergarten. Sometimes it’s even harder for a parent to adjust to this new stage in life for their children.  Here are seven simple, but important strategies to help you and your child prepare for kindergarten.

 

  1. A Healthy Kid is a Happy and Alert Kid. Diet, rest and exercise benefit everyone. Sometimes in summer we can veer off our regular good habits. A few weeks before school starts, get everyone back into good eating habits. Be sure to include brain foods like like salmon, tuna and sardines–all high in omega 3. Folic Acid is another great one that can be found in oats, lentils, almonds, walnuts and peanut butter. Dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, are known super foods, and red meat (in moderation) is a great way to get iron into your diet.

 

Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. This is also a great thing to ease back into a week or two before school if the schedule has been a bit lax in the summer. Also, before the start of kindergarten, make sure your child has had a recent physical exam.

 

  1. Develop A Schedule. Piggybacking on the above point, choose regular times for your child to eat, play and sleep each day. Routines will help your child know what to expect and what’s expected from him or her.

 

  1. The ABC’s and I, 2, 3’s. Encourage your child to practice the basics. Work with your child to help him or her recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Have them practice writing their numbers 1-10 as well as their first and last name too.

 

  1. Make Reading a Daily Family Activity. Daily reading introduces your child to printed text, but it does so much more than that. When you read to your child, talk about the book. Discuss the characters, the setting, what the characters might be feeling, and what they might do next. This dialogue with your child is not only fun but will engage them in the story further. It also encourages critical thinking, problem solving, and is a natural way to develop communication skills as you examine feelings and explore the motives of the characters.

 

  1. Expose your child to learning experiences. Take time to read, rhyme, sing, and play with your child on a daily basis. Look for opportunities to broaden your child’s horizons, such as the zoo or local library events. Take your child to the museum or enroll him or her in community art or science programs, and take advantage of local summer camps that include hands-on learning activities. Opportunities for learning, exploring, and discovery are everywhere, even in your own backyard. Talk about the varieties of native birds that visit the bird feeder, or observe the way bees work a flowerbed.  When you are at the grocery store, ask questions like, “where do you think these apples come from?” and “who do you think makes these labels?”

 

  1. Encourage Socialization. There is a lot that you can do to assist your child’s social development. Talk to your child often. Encourage him to interact with others by signing him or her up for group activities like a dance class, or t-ball. Organize play-dates like meeting friends at the local library for story hour and going to play at the park afterwards. Encourage your child to share, express his or her feelings, practice taking turns, and follow simple directions.

 

  1. Talk About Kindergarten. Explain to your child what their days at kindergarten might be like, what their routine might be. Tell your child what you remember from kindergarten that might ease anxieties and build enthusiasm for entering school. Before school begins, take him or her to the school and, if possible, check out the classroom. Get your child involved in shopping for school supplies, and help organize their backpack and papers, so that your child is prepared and feels in control of their schoolwork, and ready for success in kindergarten!

 

Want to set your child up for a successful year in kindergarten? Delphi Academy of Boston offers Kindergarten through 8th grade programs. We’re still accepting applications for our Fall 2017-2018 program now.

 

For more information about program, please Contact our Admissions Director, Mary Parker, at 617-333-9610 or e-mail – info@delphiboston.org She will be happy to answer your questions and send you a copy of our catalog.


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