Growing Kids go to Kindergarten
“Eager to learn and ready to participate”
In the years before entering kindergarten, a child needs a wide range of play experiences in rich, active environments that support imagination, making friends, and learning about the world.
It’s important for parents and teachers to provide these experiences, to recognize a child’s progress, and to be able to identify and intervene when progress is not being made.
If all of this is in place, a child will enter school eager to learn and ready to participate in the Kindergarten experience and will be able to take the next important steps in their life-long learning process.
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- Read a book to your child every day
- Explore your community: Visit parks, playgrounds, playgroups and libraries
- Limit TV & screen time and encourage active play outdoors
- Encourage play with other children
- Ask open-ended questions that encourage your child's curiosity
- Count different household objects up to 10
- Encourage independent skills, such as getting dressed, using the bathroom, tying shoes, brushing teeth, etc.
- Be consistent about rules and expectations for your child's behavior
- Sing simple songs and play games like Simon Says, to practice following directions
- Encourage your child to draw, scribble & color with different materials
- Play board games with your child such as Chutes & Ladders, Candy Land, Hi Ho Cherry-o & Guess Who?
- Point out signs & print in the environment & identify letters in words