What to Teach Your Child Before Kindergarten. - Delphi Boston Delphi Boston

What to Teach Your Child Before Kindergarten.

Children who begin kindergarten with a basic educational foundation will have a much easier time adjusting to life at school. Teachers don’t expect your child to know all there is to know about life at school, but helping your kids create a strong foundation for learning can make the first few weeks an easy transition. Here are a few basic things we’d suggest helping your child with before they enter kindergarten:

  1. Verbalize needs and wants with good manners. A student who has the ability to communicate well about how they are feeling, if they need help or if they are doing well and need more of a challenge will do well in the classroom. You can work on this with your kids by setting a good example through your own communication and encouraging them to do the same.
  2. Has the ability to handle a book. Your child doesn’t necessarily have to know how to read quite yet. They should however be able to hold the book properly, locate the cover, turn the pages and find the text. You can start teaching this skill to your child by reading with them every day and allowing them to hold the book and point out the different aspects of what makes a book, a book. Keep books around the house and in the car to make this skill easy to practice!
  3. Have basic Alphabet knowledge. As read on Today: Recognizing letters is the first step of reading readiness; understanding the sound each one makes is the next (often harder) leap. Mascott recommends fun learning games like Alphabet Hide-and-Seek. To play, make 26 simple flash cards, one for each letter. “Hide” them around the house, and have your child call out the letters as he finds them. As he does, talk with him about the sound that letter makes. Once the entire alphabet has been found, help him arrange the letters train-style in order on the floor.
  4. Write their own name. Your child should be capable of writing his/her name in a way that is legible to the teacher. Ideally, they should be able to write it properly with a capital letter to start and lowercase for the rest of their name. At the very minimum, they should be able write something recognizable!
  5. Can count to ten. Your child should be able to rote count (1, 2, 3, 4…) and have the ability to count objects too. Practice this by counting objects around the house and outdoors, having them collect a certain amount of an object and bring it to you, and playing counting games.
  6. Is independent in the bathroom. Kindergarten teachers are likely not going to be able to accompany their students to the bathroom. Your child should be able to handle his/her own pants (no overalls or onesies!), wipe themselves, and wash their own hands. This one’s very important!

Is your child four and ready for more? Why make them wait another whole year to start learning kindergarten skills? Delphi Boston offers early reading and phonics, tracing and writing, physical education, science, music and art for young children who are ready to start school. Learning and fun are combined here at Delphi Boston.

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