Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten
Do you have a child that is about to make the leap to Kindergarten? Most likely, this will be their first time in a classroom environment, learning academics but also understanding the social aspects that come with school life.
Numbers and letters may come to mind to prepare your child for Kindergarten but it is also very important to ensure they are prepared with self-care and self-help skills.
While these tips may seem simple, they go a long way in preparing your child for Kindergarten. Here are the 7 tips to help your child get ready for Kindergarten.
1. Washing your hands
Teaching your child the importance of washing their hands properly and how frequently they should do so will help with their own hygiene.
A child should make it a habit to wash their hands:
- Before eating a meal
- After they go to the bathroom
- After they have played (usually with messy materials like sand or dirt)
Take the time to show them how to wash their hands properly. Learning to dry your hands properly is equally important. If they tend to wipe their hands on their shirt, teach them to reach for a towel or dryer.
2. Using the toilet
The infamous ‘toilet training’. Every parent and child has to go through this phase. Do your best to encourage and assist them when needed.
When you are teaching them to use the toilet, keep these things in mind:
- Encourage them to tell you (or a teacher) when they need to go or use a sign to indicate they need to go to the toilet.
- Remind them to flush after every use and hopefully this turns into a habit for them.
3. Meal time
What kind of habits do you want your child to learn for meal time?
You can teach them table manners by simply showing them. For example, show them which spoons to use for what type of meals (like main meals, desserts etc).
Another habit your child can learn is to pray before eating. Include them in the prayers and allow them to say it once a week so they can get used to it.
4. Open and close
Do you tend to open your child’s snack containers or water bottles? It’s a great opportunity for your child to practice doing it for themselves.
5. Coughs and sneezes
The common cold goes around a couple times a year and it’s crucial to teach your child why they need to use a tissue and how to use one. When they cough or sneeze, there are several ways to cough/sneeze without spreading it everywhere like coughing into your elbow.
6. Please, sorry and thank you
A ‘please’ and a ‘thank you’ can go a long way – no matter how old you are. Whenever your child asks for something, remind them to say please. If they bump into someone or do something wrong, encourage them to say ‘sorry’ every time. Saying ‘thank you’ is polite, courteous and a great way to show gratitude. These key phrases cultivate a culture of gratefulness and respect for others.
7. Listening and obeying
Being able to listen and obey is one of the most important skills for a child to be ready for kindergarten.
Being around other trusted adults like a babysitter, preschool teacher or Sunday School teacher can help your child learn to respect their authority, listen to what they have to say and obey when they need to. Listening to what their teachers or peers say shows a certain kind of respect and manners.
Getting these skills right at the start before your child even begins Kindergarten can make all the difference – possibly transforming the classroom experience for everyone.
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