We are into the second semester of the 2015 – 2016 school year and parents of four and five year old children are already looking to August 2016 and asking, “Is my child ready for kindergarten?” There are skills children need to know when entering kindergarten and activities parents and caregivers can practice at home to prepare young learners for school.
For young children, language and literacy skills are extremely important. Children should be able to speak so others can understand and express their ideas using language. Children should also be able to recite simple rhymes, their first and last names, and street address. Work with your child so he or she can name some upper and lower case letters as well as the letters in his or her first and last name. Visit the library and read with your child every day in order to build their speaking and listening vocabulary.
It is important that students entering kindergarten are capable of following rules and routines easily. Our teachers review and spend time practicing the rules and routines of kindergarten over and over so that all children know the expectations of the classroom and learning time is maximized. To prepare at home, parents can, whenever possible, keep children on a daily routine such as the same bedtime each day, and reading to your child every night before bed. Children should also be able to focus and maintain interest in a task or activity in order to complete it. Parents can help in this area by giving young children small tasks or jobs they are responsible for completing at home.
The skills listed here are just a few of the skills that will help a young child enter kindergarten ready to learn. However, remember that every child develops at a different rate so don’t become overly concerned if your child can’t do a few of the things expected of an incoming kindergarten student. For more information about kindergarten readiness go to fivetothrivedayton.org. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.