Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

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Will there be naps?  Will there be snacks?  Are these the questions you ask yourself as you prepare your child to enter kinder girl for storykindergarten? 

Did you know that there are two sets of ABC’s that impact success in kindergarten?  We all remember the ABC’s while learning academic skills, but equally important to success in kindergarten are the ABC’s of school life:  

A is for Active listening
B is for appropriate Behavior
C
is for learning how to be part of a Community. 

Students entering kindergarten is a milestone for both children and parents.  For children, it’s the introduction to their new life as a student and their opportunity to gain independence.  For parents, it’s an opportunity to collaborate with educators to build a support structure that strengthens learning for a child’s success in school and life. 

Life skills such as active listening, appropriate behavior, and learning how to be part of a community are critical to academic and social success in kindergarten.  Here a few tips on how you can help your child be prepared for kindergarten.

  • Engage your child in conversation on a regular basis.Talk to your child about everything he/she does, sees, touches, etc.
  • Schedule time for your child to interact with other children on a regular basis.
  • Give your child simple directions to follow-one at a time, (i.e. put your toy in the toy box, bring me your coat, feed the dog) and hold your child accountable to ensure that he/she follows these simple directions.
  • Read to your child on a regular basis.

Today’s kindergarten experience has evolved and academically is based on Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards in Reading, Writing, and Math. 

Here’s a quick snapshot of what you can expect your kindergartner to learn. 

Reading:

  • Phonetic Awareness - understanding how letter sounds combine to make words.
  • Basic Phonics - understanding that letters have names and sounds.
  • Comprehension - asking and answering questions about key details in stories or other information read aloud.

Writing:

  • Stating an opinion or preference about a topic or book in writing (e.g. “My favorite food is.”)
  • Simple and compound sentences are introduced (e.g. “I like pizza and french fries.”)
  • Learning how to draw what they are thinking.

Math:

  • Identifying how many objects by counting.
  • Fluency with addition and subtraction of numbers within 5.
  • Using “items and drawings” to show addition and subtraction word problems.

For more information, please visit the following websites:

PTA.org

www.ReadOnArizona.org