Upon entry to kindergarten, you can do many things to prepare your child. You can prepare them to:
Go to the bathroom by themselves
Hold a pencil properly
cut with scissors
recognize letters in their name
know basic shapes
recognize some numbers
know most of their colors
sit and listen to a story
follow 2 to 3 step oral directions
teaching them to master tying, nose wiping, washing hands, clothing
Socially, the children will be part of a cooperative classroom culture when they are in Kindergarten. You can help them to be successful by preparing them to:
Know how to play nicely with other children, and how to use their words to solve problems.
Know how to share and care with others.
Play games to learn turn taking and "losing gracefully"
More tips for a successful start:
Talk to your child as often as possible. For example, talk about the colors of the vegetables in the grocery store.
Make reading part of the daily routine. Try to find 10-15 minutes each day to sit down, read and talk about a book.
Play listening games. Hide a small object and give your child directions on how to find it.
Sing songs and play rhyming games.
Point out letters and numbers in everyday places.
Offer your child lots of encouragement. Children who are self-confident learn to read and write more easily.
Take your child to parks where s/he can socialize with other children.
8:20 - Start time
9:10 - 10:00 Readers Workshop and Sight Words
10:00 - 10:20 Recess
10:20 - 10:35 Storytime
10:35 - 12:00 Writers Workshop, Math, crafts, pullouts, social studies, and science
12:00 - 12:40 Lunch
12:40 - 12:55 Storytime
12:55 - 2:00 Centers or stations
2:00 - 2:10 Afternoon Circle