10 easy ideas to help your child get ready for kindergarten

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”

 

-Anonymous, often attributed to Albert Einstein

Greetings from Dilly’s Tree House! Welcome to our very first blog post.

We are just getting started, but here at the Tree House, our team has been doing some imagining, and we have exciting plans – for remarkable guest bloggers, expert advice, Q&A interviews, a photo and video gallery, and valuable resources. But I’m most excited about building a community where everyone can share their own ideas and stories and have a few laughs along the way. You are the heartbeat of this community.

Dilly’s Tree House Blog is for anyone who cares for young children – parents, grandparents, caregivers, childcare directors, and of course teachers. For most of us, the health, safety, and education of our kids are at the top of our priorities list. So let’s begin this journey with the overriding question of kindergarten readiness and the best ways to help children get ready for school.

As children approach ages three, four, and five, the first day of school looms larger into focus, and many parents worry about their child’s readiness for kindergarten. “Will Henry be able to sit still and pay attention? Should we be working on ABCs? What math skills will Sophie need? How do I teach her to read? Will Ben get along with the other kids? Will he stand up for himself?”

We are concerned about the inevitable testing and how our little superheroes will do on those tests and how they will be judged (maybe like a fish trying to climb a tree?).

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The good news is that preparing your child for pre-K or kindergarten need not be difficult or stressful. To the contrary, everyday learning activities can be fun for your entire family. Kids learn best when they are engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based experiences. Children build the critical skills they need for a lifetime of learning through active play and quality interactions with the important adults in their life.

We asked teachers for ideas about the kinds of family activities that are valuable in helping children get ready for their first school experiences. Following are their top suggestions:

  1. Read stories to your child every day.
  2. Encourage your child to ask questions and talk about things he or she is curious about, like the moon and sun, dinosaurs or monsters, ladybugs and fireflies.
  3. Sing and dance. Run and play outdoors.
  4. Sort laundry and make shopping lists together.
  5. Draw and scribble pictures.
  6. Through your own daily actions, model gratitude, kindness, manners, and how to calm down when you’re angry.
  7. Imagine, pretend, invent, and create.
  8. Recognize some letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and patterns.
  9. Count how many plates and forks are needed to set the table.
  10. Play and build with blocks, cars, balls, and other classic toys.

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If activities like these are part of your daily life, then you are already doing many of the right things. But still – it’s nice to have a reliable structure with materials, ideas, and guideposts that provide a clear path you can follow with ease and confidence.
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When children delight in learning and discover their own unique strengths, they are empowered.

What tips can you offer to help other parents and caregivers prepare young children for kindergarten? Do you have questions for our moms and teachers? We would love to hear from you in the Comments section below.

Stay tuned to this blog for empowering articles, tips, and resources from early childhood experts on a variety of topics for parents and teachers.

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Judi Coffey
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Judi Coffey is the founder and CEO of Robert-Leslie Publishing, The Early Childhood Company® and Rainbow Educational Concepts. As a thought leader in early childhood education, she writes passionately about early childhood education, parenting, and 21st century grandparenting.

8 Comments
  • Ridley Fitzgerald
    Posted at 15:47h, 16 December Reply

    I appreciate the tips for preparing kids for kindergarten. I like how you talked about how no child should feel like a fish climbing a tree. I want my kids to feel comfortable and tailored to in kindergarten.

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      Judi Coffey
      Posted at 21:36h, 20 December Reply

      Thank you so much for this comment — you must be a wonderful teacher!

  • Ben Allen
    Posted at 12:24h, 13 February Reply

    I appreciate the tips on how to get your child ready for kindergarten. I agree that there are so many little things that you can do help prepare your child for kindergarten and learning. I had no idea how many little things that you could do each day to help your child, like sorting laundry. I would imagine that children really learn more from things than we notice and they pick up a lot.

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      Judi Coffey
      Posted at 12:30h, 13 February Reply

      Thanks for your comment, Ben. You are so right — it always amazes me how much kids pick up from everyday life.

  • alohamathjohn
    Posted at 04:11h, 08 May Reply

    These are simple, everyday things that you can do with your child for just a few minutes at a time to ensure that he/she is ready for school! Just so that we are clear…if your child cannot do everything on this list, it does not mean that he/she is not ready for kindergarten!

  • Steve Bloemer
    Posted at 04:52h, 19 June Reply

    It’s really valuable article about getting your child for kindergarten. I have a two year old daughter and I always let her 9.Recognize some letters, numbers, shapes, colors, and patterns. And She’s is only 2 years old but she knows already how to count from 1-to 20 and learned all different colors. Glad to came across to this site. I find this article really useful!

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      Judi Coffey
      Posted at 10:12h, 19 June Reply

      Glad you found the article and site useful! The important thing is to build a fabulous relationship with your daughter that develops her curiosity and love of learning. The specific skills are not essential — she will eventually know everything she needs to know to succeed in school, if she experiences the joy of learning through play and special moments with the important people in her life.

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