Amparo Pruitt January 15, 2021 Kindergarten Worksheet
As your child gets older, they will quickly approach the age of going into kindergarten. Going to kindergarten is an issue of age but its also one of maturity. Your child needs to learn some basic skills that will help him or her be more ready for school. Find out what you can do that will help you prepare your child for kindergarten. Read to your child each day. This is a good practice as it does help your child learn. He or she will learn basic words better and will recognize more letters which will aid learning the ABCs. It will also stimulate your childs imagination. Also teach your child how to write the ABCs because this will help them to learn them also. Plus it will help with their penmanship.
Probably one of the best ways to really find out what type of kindergarten is going to be the right fit for you, is to explore! Go to each school and talk to the staff, teachers and other parents. Take a tour, find out what a normal day in their kindergarten consists of and see how you feel about it, think about your specific child, which environment do you think they would thrive in? You may never know for sure until you try one school out and see how it goes, nothing is set in stone, you can always change your mind. Which ever way you decide to go, always get feedback from your kids, because ultimately this is about them, and they should have fun and find benefit from which ever kindergarten they attend.
Get your child some very basic problem solving worksheets. These are things that you can do with your child. Many of these will work on basic skills like counting and thinking skills. Dont go overboard on this as your child might not think its fun anymore if they are pressured to do them one after the other. Teach your child how to get dressed properly. He or she might not be able to do it all but they should at least understand how the clothing works. This makes things like bathroom breaks a bit easier on the teachers and your child. Try to get your child to know some very basic things. Teach them the colors, numbers, letters, and everyday names for common items. You can do a bit more if you want but this should be enough for kindergarten.
In November 2007, our local board of education outlined its intention to standardize all-day kindergarten instruction across the district beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. According to the board, their enthusiasm is buoyed by a successful pilot program which has been running within the district, as well as research which supports the notion that all-day kindergarten enhances a students self-confidence and independence, leading to higher progress in social and learning skills. The move represents a significant departure from the traditional half day kindergarten routine (which, in actuality, is not even a half day), which was intended to provide youngsters with an introduction to their elementary years and where they could engage in a few hours of social interaction. That being said, a significant percentage of districts both state-wide and nationally have embraced all-day kindergarten. And certainly weve all heard about Saturday school and other examples of academic rigor placed upon young students abroad, particularly in the Far East. It is worth noting that this practice is alive and well the community where I live, within certain ethnic communities through their civic and religious centers.
One first step may be to simply ask around, do you know other families that have children in kindergarten already, and what where their experiences with that school? See if local kindergartens have a reputation in town, either for being highly recommended, or perhaps for not being a very good school. Next look into the logistics of some of the local private and public kindergartens. For instance, how qualified are the teachers? What does each schools curriculum consist of? What subjects and activities are encouraged? What are each schools rules and guidelines, for things such as disciplinary actions, school closures, emergency procedures and other important policies that you will want to be aware of. What are each schools philosophies with styles of teaching, and student learning? And are these philosophies in line with your own values? What type of nutritional options are offered for snacks, and lunch?
Its September and time for your child to start kindergarten. You have purchased the school supplies, the new backpack, new clothes, and new shoes. The first day of school you are so excited for your big kindergartener! But when you get to school, it is quite obvious that he is not as excited as you are. This school is much bigger than his preschool. It is full of unknowns. And he definitely does not want you to leave! Many a child will not allow her parents to leave her in the classroom with the teacher for weeks into their kindergarten year. There are many books about kindergarten that help children with ABCs and 123s and those are very helpful. But when a child needs to feel comfortable about being left in a classroom, what that child needs is a book that will walk him through the kindergarten year in a way that would help him feel more comfortable about his parents leaving him in the classroom.