Kindergarten Readiness: The Summer Before the Big Transition (page 2)

Kindergarten Readiness: The Summer Before the Big Transition

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Updated on Jul 17, 2009

Encourage Independence

Now is the time to encourage independence, by teaching your child to attend to his own needs. By the time kindergarten rolls around, he should be able to finish using the restroom without assistance. Afterwards, check that he’s washing his hands, thoroughly, without a reminder (and even when he thinks you’re not watching!) Make sure that he can wipe his own nose and dispose of the tissue after. It’s important to focus on these skills now, while there is still a whole year to turn these tasks into strong self-care habits.

Get Experience in a Group Setting

It isn’t necessary that your child be enrolled in a formal preschool in order to prepare for kindergarten, but it does help to have some experiences in group settings throughout the year before kindergarten. Storytimes at the library, classes at a YMCA or community center, or activities at the art museum are all great opportunities for your child to practice waiting turns, meeting new people, and sharing an adult’s attention with many others.

Learn to Work Through Frustration

Begin to work on developing your child’s frustration tolerance; watch how he handles being angry. Encourage verbal rather than physical expression of feelings. He will encounter lots of new challenges in kindergarten, and behavior issues can prevent your child from performing to his fullest potential. Behavior doesn’t change overnight, so use this year to prepare your child to interact positively with his peers.

When it comes to requirements to enter kindergarten, every school system differs in its expectations. It may be helpful to contact your child’s elementary school or your state department of education to ask for kindergarten readiness guidelines and other pertinent information.

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