Belcher Elementary kindergarten students enjoy a recent school event.
Once you realize your little one is no longer a toddler, itís time for yet another milestone Ė kindergarten.
There are many ways you can help your child prepare for this big step. Rather than focusing only on ABCs and numbers, concentrate more on cooperation, playing well with others and following directions. All of these skills could help your child get ahead.
Here are three ways to prepare your child for this important transition.
Know the basics
Help your child memorize basic information such as name, age, address and phone number. Itís also a good idea for children to know various body parts in case they arenít feeling well or get hurt. This will prepare them when teachers ask questions.
Let real-life be your guide
Use real-life encounters to teach your child about numbers and letters. For example, while unloading groceries, you can ask your child to count anything from cans to bananas. Hone your childís organizational skills by requesting items be placed in size order or alphabetized. Make a scavenger hunt out of your home and count windows, or find objects that begin with a specific letter. Identify colors along the way by sorting laundry into color-coded piles, cereal boxes and more. Real-life applications of numbers, letters and colors will give your child a jumpstart on an educational journey.
Nurture your childís love of language whenever you can. Reading frequently during the day and encouraging your child to use imagination by making up stories will prepare your youngster for a love of reading. Read billboards, TV guides, magazines, shopping lists ó whatever is visible. Visit libraries and bookstores regularly.
Learn about the districtís Parent Academy workshops, and find links to parent engagement tips and other great resources at www.pcsb.org/parentacademy.