Everyone is talking about Kindergarten readiness. But what does that mean? Being ready for Kindergarten isn’t just about knowing your ABC’s and 123’s. Much of being ready for Kindergarten lies in other skill areas, such as self-care and social maturity, as well as possessing fine and gross motor facility.
Remember, all children develop skills at different rates. It is common for some students to be very strong in one area and not so strong in others. If you are concerned that your student is not ready for Kindergarten, talk with other parents, your pediatrician, your preschool teacher, or https://earlychildhood.rdale.org/screening for Robbinsdale’s free Early Childhood Screening services.
Gross Motor Skills
Fine Motor Skills
How can we practice?
Here are a few ideas on how to help your incoming Kindergartner be prepared!
- Read, read, read! Listening to stories, even if it is the same one over and over, has beneficial effects on reading readiness. Have children draw a picture and retell the story to a family member.
- Have your children practice getting ready. Let them choose their own clothes so they can take ownership in their own choices. Have them put on their own jackets and shoes. Show them how, then let them try. Do this when you have plenty of time, not when you are trying to rush out the door.
- Model proper language usage. For example, if you child is mixing up pronouns, “Her has a nice dress,” repeat back to him, “Oh yes, she does have a nice dress!” Try to avoid correcting him by saying “No! Say ‘she!'”
- Play I Spy games with letters, numbers, and shapes. This can be a fun in a car ride or at the grocery store.
- Have your child set the table and count out the napkins or silverware.
- Have her count out her snacks, and let her count as high as she can. Then add one more.
- Have him thread Cheerios or large beads onto pipe cleaners.
- Play with play dough.
- Do puzzles together. Help explain techniques. For example: turning all of the pieces over, finding the edge pieces first, and looking at the pictures on the box.