I have a lot of friends with young children and they always want to know what their child should know before they go to kindergarten. During those early years when your toddler is preparing for school, what should you focus on? Here are 10 Things to Learn Before Kindergarten!
2. Memorize their birthday, phone number, and address
You would be surprised the first days of first grade how many of my students did not know their birthday. I think a child should know their birthday. This helps build background knowledge for the months of the year and it is something about them they can share and compare with others. Children should also know their phone numbers and address in case of an emergency. Also talk with your children about who they should give this information to.
3. Colors and shapes
Students should be able to recognize and identify basic colors and shapes.
Read with your child at home. Coming into kindergarten a student should have a basic understanding of books. They should know how to hold them and that they are read from left to right. Also, always ask questions while reading to access your child’s comprehension.
5. Count to 10
Practice counting aloud to 10 and count objects to 10. If your child masters 10 then work on counting to 20 and beyond!
Practice reading and making rhymes.
7. How to tie their shoes
Please teach your child to tie their shoes! I can remember teaching kindergarten summer school and how must time was wasted making sure students’ shoes were tied. Before leaving anywhere we would have to check and make sure everyone was laced up for safety concerns. Think of all the academic time that could be spent instead of this shoe tying time!
8. Letter Names and Sounds
I have had a lot of parents tell me that their child knows their alphabet, but then when I sit down with their child they cannot recognize letters out of order. Singing the ABC’s is great and it is a song your child should know, but this does not mean they know their alphabet. Practice with flash cards out of order. Practice the letter names and the sounds. Mixing up upper and lower case letters is good too, but if you focus on one, focus on lower case letters because they are more common.
9. Classroom Etiquette
Talk with your child about how to behave in a classroom full of kids. Role playing situations such as walking in line and raising your hand is a great idea. Make sure your child knows they can ask the teacher for help. Practice following directions by playing games like Simon Says.
10. Sharing and awareness of others
Talk with your child about the other children that will be in school with them. Get them used to thinking of others and practice taking turns.
If you are looking for materials to help you teach your child at home, try this kit. It comes with everything you need to prepare your student for kindergarten!
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About the Author
My name is Deann Jensen, MS in Educational Psychology. I am the sole owner, tutor, and blog writer for Tutoring with Intent. I have been teaching in Phoenix and surrounding areas for six years. I am a licensed Arizona Teacher for grades K-8 and special education grades K-12.