Trying to prepare your little one for their first day of Kindergarten can be kind of tough if you don’t know what to teach them. Here’s some info that will help you prepare your child for Kindergarten – A Checklist You Can Use!! If you’re not ready to read due to summer, PIN IT for later!!
Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten – A Checklist You Can Use!!
I will be doing 1-16 with him but not all at once. I won’t push it on him, but rather a slow learn during the summer months while we are doing nothing…OR before he gets the Kindle.
So, do you let your kids have the summers off, or do you like to keep their brains active during summer so they don’t forget anything? I’m not sure what I will do next summer, but this is a huge step for Kinders and I just want to prepare mine for it. When we went to Meet the Teacher night, they did stress that a kindergartner should know these things…or at least know something about each one.
My husband bought a Scholastic Kindergarten Workbook for us to use. I tear out a page a day and let Brody work on it. If he asks for the Kindle but hasn’t done a page yet, he doesn’t get the Kindle until he finishes one page in the workbook. I started with A and will continue to Z. He loves to show his daddy what he did, so I’m hoping that that’s enough encouragement for him to continue to do one page a day.
Brody learned to write his name, hold a pencil, count, cut with scissors, use the restroom and wash his hands, and perhaps a few more on the checklist in Preschool. He knows his colors too. He only went twice a week for 5 hours each day. It’s up to us now to teach him the rest. I think this checklist is manageable, but I’m having a hard time with #10. I’m sure he will catch on at school.
Right now we are working on #8.
Do you think I’m going a little over board with all this? I may be, but I was a substitute teacher for 6 years and my favorite grade to sub for was Kindergarten. I remember quite well that there were kids that didn’t know a thing at the beginning of school (in Kindergarten) and that there were kids who breezed past everything. I just don’t want Brody to be the kid that knows nothing for fear he’ll get behind.
I’m anxious to know if you are preparing your kids for the next school year this summer, or will you just let them play and not worry about learning anything. I remember my younger years – we did not do any learning in the summer.