8 ways to get ready for kindergarten
This article from the Washington post about kindergarten readiness really got me thinking. I'm a ways away from this myself, but their advice is good for any pre-K kid, I think.
I feel like a lot of people focus on the academic side of kindergarten readiness. As in, how high can they count, and how many words/letters do they know. The article talks about how, while that stuff is great, it's not really getting to the bigger picture. The author says that getting ready for primary school has as much to do with their social/emotional abilities as much as their academic ones. Kid's in kindergarten need to be able to follow instructions, handle their emotions, and interact with other kids in order to learn anything. Basic understanding of numbers, books, and colors are necessary, but the more detailed stuff will be taught in class. That's why you're sending them to kindergarten in the first place.
So what did they say you should do with your almost kindergartener? Here's a summarized list
Make sure they have a sense of community. Have them help out around the house and explain to them why it's important that they do their part.
Teach them empathy and understanding of other people's feelings.
To help with basic science take them to the grocery story and talk about what foods are healthy and why. Maybe even grow something together.
For basic math make sure you count everything you can with them. Stairs, crackers, whatever.
Cultivate an early love of books. They don't have to know how to read, but they should understand the basic alphabet and that you read from left to right.
Test their ability to follow instructions. Kindergarteners need to be able to follow at least 2 step instructions (ex. Go get your shoes and meet me at the door).
Work on fine motor skills by giving them plenty of time to draw and color.
Make sure they have lots of unstructured outdoor play to refine gross motor skills like strength and balance. This will help them keep up on the playground as well as the classroom :)
Overall, I thought this was a great list. It's pretty easy to do too. I think it would certainly help me feel better about getting a child ready for kindergarten.
For all you mamas who've gone through kindergarten with a child or will be soon, do you think this is a good list? Did you/are you doing anything special to get ready for school?