Kindergarten….it ain’t what it used to be! In days gone by, kids went to kindergarten to learn their ABC’s and how to use scissors. Now they are expected to come IN to kindergarten with a baseline level of skills which include recognizing and writing the alphabet and even some sight words. Kids who haven’t had some sort of preschool experience or parents working diligently with them at home are already behind before their school career even starts!
I can tell you from experience that there is a real difference in kids who have parents who are engaged in the learning process. A few years ago we had a little guy who was clearly at the top of the class. His parents were not Ivy League scholars or prominent executives. In fact, they were just average working class laborers who made their child a priority. They did some things that really made a difference and probably didn’t even know they were doing such a great job! Every week when they came to school, they had been talking about the new letter of the week and trying to guess what the letter would stand for in our phonics chant. It was just a little game that dad and son would play on the way to school, but it sparked a curiosity in that child that made him eager to learn.
So how can you build a firm foundation before they step into the classroom on that first day? Here are 10 things that will help your little one get ready:
Hi! I'm Janet and I've been the Director of the Before and After School and Smart Start Preschool Programs at the Troy Rec since 1994. My hubby and I have been married 30 years and we have two grown sons. Each of them is married and blessing us with grandchildren left and right. Life is good even when the nest is empty!