Kindergarten is a big step for your child as they go from nursery age activities and preschool learning, so it is important that you take some time to prepare them for attending kindergarten. There are many different steps and activities you can do with your child to get them ready for the kindergarten classroom setting and to ensure their success. The following provides you recommendations to help you prepare your child for kindergarten enrollment.
Teach Them Independence
One of the first things your child will need to be prepared with is their own independence to help them out while they are in kindergarten. In a class full of kindergarteners, your child should be able to do things for themself on their own in order to keep up with the rest of the class. This includes taking their coat on and off, tying their shoes, washing their hands, and serving themself at the table. These skills will enable them to participate in the kindergarten class and will help them to be ready to learn further skills and knowledge.
In the weeks and months leading up to their first day of kindergarten, spend time teaching them small tasks that they can complete on their own. For example, ask them to help you put away groceries, set the table for a meal, put their clothes into the dresser, and sort socks after they are laundered. The more responsibility you give your child with small tasks, the better they will be in handling themselves in a kindergarten class.
Follow a Routine
Another important step in preparing your child for kindergarten is to get them on a regular daily schedule. When they begin attending kindergarten, they will need to be ready to head out the door and arrive before class starts each day, which can be a struggle if your child is accustomed to sleeping late. Start by making sure they have a regular bedtime that is early enough that they will get the required amount of sleep to help them learn and grow.
This can be completed by having dinner at the right time to allow for a good bedtime. Then, in the morning, practice by waking them up earlier in the morning and getting them dressed for the day. Plan to have breakfast at an early time in which they will be ready to leave for kindergarten and make it on time. Preparing your kindergartener's body with rising early will get them accustomed to the new schedule and will make it easier for them to adjust.