Sending your child to Kindergarten is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. You want your child to succeed in school and also be happy. Here are some tips to make it an easy transition for both parent and child.
Point out letters in signs, books, and other objects
When your child begins to recognize letters in their world they will understand that letters are used to relay information. They will also become excited about learning to read. When your child finds a letter also teaches them the letter sound associated with it.
Sing the alphabet together
Almost everyone is familiar with the alphabet song. Your child will love the catchy tune and it will be his/her first introduction to the letter names and also the alphabetical order. There are many different variations of the song available, but your child will probably enjoy the sound of your voice just as well.
Count objects and sing counting songs together. Also, read books about counting numbers.
Learning math is best in real-life situations. Whenever possible find objects for your child to count. This will also help them learn the number names, order, and how math is useful.
Visit the library and ask the librarian about books that are appropriate for your child
Many libraries have leveled books. Your library can help you find stories perfect for pre-kindergarten readers. The library might also have storytime or other reading programs that young children will enjoy.
Find books to teach your child about their emotions and appropriate behavior
While at the library also ask your librarian for books about behavior and manners. Practice the advice in the books at home and also set up opportunities for your child to play with other children.
Praise your child to develop self-esteem
Positive reinforcement builds a child’s confidence. This will motivate students to try their best at school. It can also encourage appropriate behavior.
Read stories and talk to your child about them.
As you read stories and ask your child questions about the story including, who, what, where, when, and why. Point to the words in the story and teach your child to read left to right and from top to bottom.
These simple tips can make a child feel more comfortable in the classroom and also prepare them for reading and math concepts taught in Kindergarten.