Parent Checklist: Helping a Child Get Ready for Kindergarten
What can parents do to help a child get ready for kindergarten? Here's a checklist!:
___ Provide a daily routine that includes regular times for meals.
___ Establish a bedtime that gives your child eight or more hours of sleep at night.
___ See that your child has opportunities for rigorous physical activity, outside when possible, everyday.
___ Help your child select and wear clothing appropriate for indoor climate and outdoor weather conditions.
___ See that your child has had required immunizations and current health examination.
___ Help your child develop independence in dressing, eating and personal hygiene.
___ Interact frequently with your child each day by talking, listening and touching.
___ Take your child to a variety of places such as the library, the park, the grocery store, the post office.
___ Provide toys, games and household objects that encourage exploration, manipulation and dramatic play.
___ Occasionally work with your child using the materials.
___ Provide opportunities to play with other children.
___ Teach socially acceptable ways to disagree.
___ Encourage social values such as helpfulness, cooperation, sharing, and concerns for others.
___ Demonstrate common expressions of courtesy and praise my child for using them (thank you, please).
___ Establish reasonable limits for behaviors and hold your child to them.
___ Talk with your child about your family, your culture and your values.
___ Provide opportunities for your child to learn about other cultures in your community.
___ Encourage work values such as effort, persistence, initiative.
___ Read to your child every day. Talk together about the pictures and story.
___ Provide books, magazines and other print materials for your child to handle.
___ Provide opportunities to play alphabet games, read alphabet books, and talk about letter names and sounds.
___ Provide pencils, markers, paper and encourage drawing and scribbling or writing.
___ Invite your child to help with grocery lists, grocery shopping, sending cards.
___ Read poems and sing songs together.
Reprinted with the permission of Get Set 4 Kindergarten. © 2005 Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County.
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