Moving into kindergarten is a big step, whether your little one is coming from a public preschool, a private one or a home-based preschool program. As you make the transition to kindergarten, there are some basic skills that you’ll need to work on together before the big day arrives, along with some things you’ll need to consider as a parent. These 30 blogs are all about helping children master those skills before school starts, and helping you make the right decisions for him when the time rolls around.
By the time your child is ready to begin kindergarten, he should be able to recite the alphabet with few problems and be able to recognize letters independently. These skills make up the foundation of reading and writing, and are emphasized heavily in most curricula. In these five blog posts, you’ll find information on promoting these fundamental skills, along with tips and tricks to help your child master them.
- Why is Letter Recognition Important?
- Ten Creative Ways to Teach Your Child the Alphabet
- Letter Recognition
- Teaching the Alphabet
- 7 Strategies to Teach Alphabet Letters
Having a basic understanding of shapes and colors is one of the primary building blocks of cognitive development, which is one of the reasons why most preschool and kindergarten programs emphasize it so heavily. The activities, ideas and advice offered in these five blog posts can put your little one on the fast track to memorizing the names and being able to recognize his colors.
- Color Wheel (Teaching Kids Colors)
- 9 Color Recognition Activities for Your Preschooler
- How to Teach Your Kids Colors
- Helping Kids Learn Their Colors with The Color Closet from Twistframe
- How to Teach Kids Colors
Shape recognition plays a large part in early education, due both to the affect it has on cognitive development and the strong role that shapes play in higher sciences later in life. Learning to recognize shapes independently is an important skill for your child to start working on before kindergarten starts, and these five blog entries offer great advice for doing just that.
- Shapes: Teaching About Squares
- Teaching Toddlers: Shapes
- 3D Shapes
- Teaching Children: Five Creative Ways to Teach Shapes
- How to Teach the Numbers 0-10 and the Shapes
Numbers and Counting
When basic math classes begin, your child will need to have the ability to count and a grasp of numerical concepts. Working with him early and often to master early mathematical skills like counting and basic addition and subtraction can give your child the competitive edge he needs, and help to secure his academic success in the coming years.
- 40 Great Preschool Number Activities to Boost Counting Skills
- Pre-K Math: Numbers & Counting
- Easy Ways to Teach Numbers, Counting & Maths
- Preschool Math Activities & Lesson Plans
- Math: Teaching Numbers and Counting
Social Skills and Behavior
If your child has never attended daycare, was not enrolled in a center-based group preschool, and doesn’t have siblings, he may not interact with other kids enough to gain the social skills he’ll need to navigate kindergarten. Helping your child to understand about behavior, manners and the importance of being nice is an essential task upon which these five bloggers can offer you advice, tips and hints.
- Time for a Behavior Change!
- Social Skills for School
- Interrupting Does Not Work at School
- How to Teach Children to Share
- Kindergarten Behavior: What Do Teachers Expect?
For parents of stay-at-home children that didn’t attend a group preschool, kindergarten may be the first time that the subject of immunization becomes one of concern. Whether you’re a parent who has chosen not to vaccinate, or one that has vaccinated and is concerned about the effect that an unvaccinated classmate will have on your child’s health, these five blogs are essential reading.
- Unvaccinated Kids Put Vaccinated Kids at Risk? Not So Fast!
- Study: More Students Forgoing Immunizations to Enter Kindergarten
- Are Kindergarten Kids Getting Their Vaccines?
- Vaccine Exemptions for Kindergarteners Here Still Among Highest in Nation
- The Vaccine Debate