Step 4: Help your child prepare for kindergarten

Activities to Help Your Child Get Ready

The following activities are suggested for you to do with your child to help develop kindergarten readiness. Don’t worry about perfection. Let your child explore and develop new skills.

Language Development

•  Read stories — use the public library and read lots of different types of books. Talk about what you read.

Social Development

•  Play with your child and arrange time for your child to play with other children. 
•  Try to find time to be apart from your child by leaving your child with a caregiver for short periods.

Fine Motor Development

•  Provide time for your child to use crayons and blunt scissors, roll dough, help with sorting around the house, and other activities that involve using their hands.

Gross Motor Development

•  Provide play equipment or go to the park or neighborhood playground. 
•  Encourage jumping, running, and marching. 
•  Play or dance indoors to music.

The Kindergarten Child

Is your child ready for kindergarten? There is no typical child, however, the following characteristics occur most frequently at the kindergarten-age level:

Physically:
•  Is very active.
•  Is in a period of slower growth than previously.
•  Can zip own coat, tie shoes — able to dress and undress.

Mentally:
•  Is eager for information, asks many questions, and remains on topic while talking about the answer.
•  Has a good memory for past experiences.
•  Is very imaginative, can offer ideas about what happens next.

Socially:
•  Follows directions and asks for help.
•  Has a sense of curiosity and imagination.
•  Shows self-control and ability to wait.
•  Solves problems.
•  Takes turns and prefers small groups of four to five children.
•  Is eager to gain social recognition in his or her peer group.
•  Seeks adult support, guidance, and approval.
•  Plays simple games with rules.

Reading:
•  Matches letters.
•  Names letters in own name.
•  Knows telephone number.
•  Understands that print is read from left to right.
•  Is familiar with stories and books.

Verbally:
•  Speaks in five- to six-word sentences.
•  Tells and listens to stories.
•  Sings songs and recites rhymes.

Writing:
•  Uses a mature grasp to hold a pencil.
•  Copies or writes letters or numbers.
•  Copies or writes own name.
•  Draws simple pictures.

Math:
•  Counts from 1-20.
•  Counts ten objects, reads numbers.
•  Names common shapes.
•  Completes 8-10 piece puzzle.
•  Understands measurement — same, less, more.
•  Makes and describes patterns.
•  Sorts and classifies.

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