Going to Kindergarten is a life-changing event not only for the child, but also for parents.
As a previous Educator for the School Board Kindergarten program, here are my tips for getting your child prepared for Kindergarten:
- BOOKS! Read books with your child every day.
- Count objects daily for number practice. Focus 1- 10.
- Sing ABC Daily! Practice letter and sound recognition, especially the letters in your child’s name.
- Develop strong fine motor skills – practice cutting with scissors or holding a pencil.
- Practice self-help skills – zipping coat and washroom bodily care
- Make healthy food choices for school lunches. Children need to be able to Independently open lunch containers and water bottles.
- Have conversations about social skills – nice manners, sharing, expressing their feelings and self-regulation techniques.
- Encourage and teach your child to be responsible for their own belongings and to follow/respect direction.
- Support, praise and celebrate your child’s independence their 1st week of kindergarten! It’s a big deal for their self confidence and self esteem!
For more information about the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum, please visit :