20
May
06

Preparing For Kindergarten

Whether you child has been in preschool or not, many parents believe that Kindergarten is the time when children are taught the fundamentals of education, the basic building blocks upon which the rest of their education will rest. While this is largely true, many parents assume that there is nothing they need do to prepare their children for this first step in their educational career. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true.

Parents can do a lot with their children at home to prepare for and enhance their child’s education in all grades, but Kindergarten will start your child off on the right foot. Preparing children with some basic knowledge will help both your child and their teacher. Here are the most important things your child can know when entering Kindergarten:

The Days of the Week
The Months of the Year
Numbers to 31
The Colors of the Rainbow
The Letters of the Alphabet

These seem like pretty simple things, but the more time your child’s teacher must spend on them, the less he or she can spend on phonics and writing instruction, community awareness activities, and social interactions.

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5 Responses to “Preparing For Kindergarten”


  1. 1 michelle
    May 31, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Everything you told me to have little man know before kindergaretn worked like a charm. The couple of things he was not interested in me teaching turned out to be no big deal, the teacher got through to my child like a charm.

    Little man is level 7 in reading (level 3 is the expectation). He is level 3 in writing (level 2 is the expectation). They do not have a level for math in kindergarten, but the scores are on or above for all areas according to the teacher and end of year report card.

    Thanks for your input. We have some workbooks to get started with first grade over the summer.

  2. 2 United We Lay
    May 31, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    GREAT!! It’s so important for kids to have a good starting point. He’s ahead now, and that might help him in the future, especially if he needs a little extra help in other areas.

  3. 3 gabarke
    May 23, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    I am a Title One teacher that is moving to a Kindergarten classroom next year. I have found it very interesting that parents aren’t aware of the expectations many schools have for children coming into Kindergarten. I think that your list of basic skills is a great start.

    Additionally, one thing that I think is really important, and many times is over looked, is simply talking to your child. Providing them with rich language and discussions is so important for the own language development, writing development and later their progress in reading.

    While we are on the topic of reading I do believe that reading with your child everyday may be the most important thing you could ever do for them. Reading opens the door for the discussions (I just mentioned), concepts of print (like which way to read and which way to turn the page), as well as alphabet recognition and a whole host of other skills. I know that many parents are busy these days but spending just 15 – 20 minutes of reading each day can make a world of difference.

  4. 5 unitedwelay1
    July 22, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I’m glad that this is still holding interest. It’s becoming more difficult to prepare children for kindergarten when it’s unclear what they need to know.


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