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Starting Kindergarten Is a Big Deal

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First Day Of Kindergarten Is A Big Deal

Starting school is both exciting and daunting for your child. It introduces lots of new ideas and new ways of behaving so the last few weeks can be tiring and confusing for your child. Work out what is expected of them from taking turns to waiting in line and playing nicely. Social and emotional skills are just as important as academic skills for learning. Your child’s teacher will spend a lot of time helping children in the class learn how to behave with others. If they cannot listen and work in a group then they will not be able to learn. Do not expect them to know new letters and numbers right away. These will be introduced slowly as children develop basic skills.

Starting kindergarten is a big deal for children and parents.

Starting kindergarten is a big deal for children and parents.

Preparing For The Kinder Years

When you start preparing them for preschool try not to drill them with flash cards or teach them to read. They have the social independence and organizational skills that will make their transition to preschool easier.

  • Social skills to socialize and interact successfully with other children and function in a group. Social skills are the learned behaviors that allow us to interact and communicate with others. As adults, we do these things automatically and it can be easy to forget these skills need to be learned. Throughout your daily interactions encourage social skills such as listening to an adult other than Mom or Dad.
  • Understanding rules and boundaries. Sharing can be hard at times for kids so try to talk to them about empathy how would they feel if they were not allowed to play with that toy.
  • Taking turns. Board games are fantastic for getting young kids to practice taking turns. While it is sometimes hard to watch how a youngster reacts to losing it is really important not to always let them win. At preschool, they have to accept taking turns and losing so it is good for them to learn how to cope with this.
  • Problem-solving and compromising. Allow younger kids to work out solutions to everyday problems that occur for example there are only three mangoes but four kids want mango for dessert. By asking questions you can help your preschooler arrive at a solution. You have to help them realize they may have to compromise to reach a solution.
  • Independence skills. Plan time for teaching a preschooler age appropriate skills. Show them the activity first without words allowing them to take in the steps. Too much talk can distract kids.
  • You may have to repeat the task. Then it is their turn. Allow them to do it on their own. Let them self-correct where possible and give them time to work out any problems that arise. Do not fall into the trap of doing things for him that he was capable of doing himself.

Children's Basic Skills


The teacher will help children feel good and see that their opinion matters.


Songs help teacher play stories and sing to children work and get along with each other


The teacher will help your child learn how to express their needs ideas opinions and knowledge so that they can share with others. Your child needs gross motor skills to prepare for learning.


The teacher will help your child learn how to express their needs ideas opinions and knowledge so that they can share with others. Your child needs gross motor skills to prepare for learning.

Fine motor skills

Fine motor skills involve small actions such as picking up objects wriggling toes and using our tongue and lips to taste and feel objects. Children need fine motor skills in order to grip a pencil use scissors to cut things out draw. Pick up jigsaw pieces and use a keyboard and mouse as well as tie shoelaces.

Gross motor skills

These are activities such as jumping and running. They involve larger movements of the whole body and a leg or a foot. Your child will develop fine motor skills needed for writing after they have mastered most of the gross motor skills.

Your child will develop their talking and listening skills.

Your child will develop their talking and listening skills.

Talking And Listening Skills

Your child will learn how to listen to the teacher and other students and how to ask questions in class. They will learn to follow basic instructions such as fetching books and packing up bags. They also learn how to give short talks about news events. They will also need to be comfortable in a small group whether that is in class or in the playground. Throughout the year expect your child to learn to listen for longer periods and to include more details when speaking.

At the Beginning of Kindergarten

Your child should be able to understand most sentences. This includes knowing physical relationships. They should also be able to use sentences that are four or five words long and say their name and age. They should be able to understand and use he or her correctly. People who do not know your child should be able to understand them when they speak.

By the End of Kindergarten

Your child should be able to take turns and make eye contact when speaking according to cultural practice. Your child will have the ability to describe an event with details such as what and when.

Processing Mathematics

Mathematical processes are how children work things out and arrive their conclusions. These processes are more important than just getting the answer right.

At the Beginning of Kindergarten

Your child should be able to identify and name a circle and spot three-dimensional objects around them such as the ball is round. They should know that a door is a rectangle. They should be able to follow simple instructions such as putting shoes in the cupboard.

By the End of Kindergarten

Your child should be able to describe triangles, circles, squares, and rectangles. They should also be able to identify and name triangles and rectangles in pictures. They will be able to manipulate and sort two and three-dimensional objects for example balls and pictures of objects.

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Every child is unique and will develop their reading skills in their own pace.

Every child is unique and will develop their reading skills in their own pace.

Reading Skills

Your child will start to develop reading skills by recognizing the sounds of the alphabet some teachers introduce these in alphabetical order others introduce letters based on their sounds. Ask your child’s teacher which method is being used so that you can match your activities at home. Your child will begin to read simple words by sight. The teacher will choose storybooks with pictures that provide clues as to what is happening. Many teachers will read big books aloud in class to encourage children to read by recognizing words describing illustrations and predicting what will happen next. Your child will start to recognize different types of texts from magazines and storybooks and learn how language is used.

At the Beginning of Kindergarten

Every child is unique.Some children arrive at school knowing how to read others will begin their journey at school. Do not worry or compare your child to others. You will be surprised how quickly they progress.

By the End of Kindergarten

Most students should be able to recognize their own name in print and recognize the letters of the alphabet as well as the sounds of letters. At this stage, children should understand how to read from left to right and top to bottom as well as identify where a story begins and ends. They should be able to point to words in a story and read labels for example on shops packages and roads. They should understand full stops and capital letters and put a simple story into the right order.

Engage Your Kids In Learning By Fitting It In To Your Lifestyle

Preschoolers are like sponges as they soak up everything around them. The beginning of early literacy and numeracy take hold and kids have a never ending thirst for knowledge. Always follow the child and support their interests. Kids learn in such a dynamic way and the easiest way to engage them in learning is to fit into your daily life. This will allow you to stimulate and support your preschooler's interest in early numeracy and literacy regularly. The best part is that it is an enjoyable way to interact and spend time with your preschooler.

Learning While Walking

Taking a walk with your preschooler is good both for fitness and for the child’s learning. Walking is a lovely informal way of providing numerous learning opportunities. Take turns in reading aloud the numbers on the letterboxes of the houses you pass.

Learning While Helping Around The House

These activities can be done as part of your daily home duties. Cooking with a preschooler provides many opportunities for them to learn early numeracy skills. Discussing amounts in numerical terms and number recognition on measuring cups or in a recipe all provide a natural setting for familiarization with numbers.

Sorting And Classifying

There are many opportunities in the daily activities of home life for a preschooler to practice sorting and classifying skills. Learning while shopping is not always children’s favorite activity, however, engaging them in the shopping process also provides learning opportunities if turned into a game. Allowing your preschooler where possible to have a turn at paying for the goods you purchase is by far a favorite activity.

Help your child by showing him the correct pencil grip.

Help your child by showing him the correct pencil grip.

Show Your Child The Correct Pencil Grip

Show your child how to hold a pencil using a pencil grip. The pencil is supported by the thumb index and middle finger with the other two fingers bent and resting on the table. This is the most effective pencil grasp for accurate handwriting because it helps children to write more quickly and prevents problems. Watch their hand muscles through clenching. You can help by shopping for a pencil grip for your child’s pencil. Your child will pick up crayons and pencils with their dominant hand and also use it to spoon food into their mouth. Gently remind your child to press solidly so they learn how much pressure to apply. Children can also swap hands when they are still working out which hand is dominant.

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Readiness For School A Widely Discussed Topic Among Parents

Kids like to know what is coming up so it is important to let them know when they will be starting school. Talk casually about school as they begin their transition sessions. Ensure they can manage their school clothes. The pull strings on new hats or buckles on shoes that may be rigid. Have them practice using these so they can manage them easily at school by themselves. Always try to have uniforms ready in the morning and make sure they can pack and unpack their school bag and hang it on a hook. Check if they can open and close their lunchbox and drink bottle. Show and introduce the school to your child as this will help set their expectations. Most schools either have half days or have a day off during the week as they ease children into the school routine. If you have a child starting school for the first time take a low-key but planned approach to their transition. Create individual school schedules for each child to help them organize themselves. Create a process for staying on top of the constant flow of paperwork from the school. Gather the essential details needed to fill in the kid’s school forms and compile them into a reference sheet.

Preschoolers And Technology

TV became can be an issue in some households. Decide on a time limit of 30 minutes and make the TV session at the end of the day. That way it is clear that TV time is only on late in the day. Talking books are a great alternative to TV when having down time in the afternoon. You can get them from the library. Use a planned and moderated approach for introducing your kids to the online world. Preschoolers quickly learn to navigate the screens and develop the eye coordination able to play online computer games. Limited and used in conjunction with other learning tools the computer can be a fantastic learning tool. Finding online games that are age appropriate and of interest to a preschooler are important while some games can be fun and free kids can be exposed to nonstop advertising. The key to both kids and parents enjoying the school year is for it to be as organized as possible and for the organization to come from the whole family not just Mom and Dad.

Technology Time Roster

Day ChildTime





2 year old

30 minutes


7 year old

30 minutes


4 year old

30 minutes


7 year old

30 minutes


9 year old

1 hour


12 year old

1 hour

School Gave Kindergarten Kids iPads For Learning

Manage your daily routines around the after school activities so the impact on your younger children is minimized. Follow your child’s lead and establish a homework routine that suits their personality. Put in place infrastructure that will help the kids keep their school gear organized. Continue working with your kids to build their independence skills. Teach your children to take responsibility for being organized for school and to be prepared for the consequences.Use simple tools to keep track of school dates and the kid's belongings.

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