Preparing your child for kindergarten success starts early

| August 1, 2016

Preparing your child for kindergarten success starts early

PAGE (July 27, 2016) – For young kids entering kindergarten, now is the ideal time to instill the skills that will make the transition to school smoother. Families can use fun, everyday activities to help kids develop basic skills to build on and prepare them for kindergarten success. First Things First has gathered tips to help families get their little ones ready for success in kindergarten.

“When we look at education as a continuum which begins at ‘the cradle’ and proceeds to a career and beyond, doing all we can to support school readiness ensures better success as a child makes this journey,” said Steve Peru, President/CEO of United Way of Northern Arizona, sponsors of the KinderCamp summer transistion to kindergarten programs across Coconino County. “This effort involves the entire community.”

Below are tips to help your family have a fun, easy transition to kindergarten:

  • Read with your child at least 20 minutes per day. Try books that repeat words; involve activities like counting, identifying colors, objects or letters; or, are about things your child likes. Ask questions like, “What do you think happens next?”
  • Talk with your child everywhere – at home, in the car, at the store. Make up stories or songs about your outings.
  • Writing begins with scribbling. Give your child safe writing tools to play with, like crayons, chalk or markers and blank paper. Ask your child to tell you about their drawings.
  • Schedule a visit with your child’s doctor and dentist. Health problems make concentrating difficult.
  • Teach your child how to use the bathroom by themselves, to wash their hands after going to the bathroom and before eating, to blow their nose and sneeze into their elbow.

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