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KINDERGARTEN
Making the Move to Kindergarten
KINDERGARTEN >> Making the Move to Kindergarten
Going to Kindergarten is a Big Step 8/21/2009
What Will Kindergarten Be Like 8/21/2009
How Pre-school and Day Care Help Prepare Children 8/21/2009
How Can I Tell If My Child is Ready for Kindergarten? 8/21/2009
Helping Your Child Make the Change 8/21/2009

HELPING YOUR CHILD MAKE THE CHANGE
Before kindergarten begins, give your child plenty of opportunities to: 

PLAY

Give your child time to:

  • Just  "be a kid" -- it's how he or she learns and grows best
  • Play with other children (ones who will be in the same class, if possible)

EXPLORE THE WORLD

Together, you can:

•·        Visit parks, zoos, farms and museums

•·        Go on nature walks

•·        Explore local neighborhoods.

READ AND WRITE

The two of you can:

  • Go to the library
  • Read aloud and tell stories.

Provide crayons and paper for drawing and writing.

HAVE FUN WITH MATH AND SCIENCE

Let your child help you:

  • Cook (measure and mix ingredients, etc.)
  • Shop (look at prices, identify money, etc)
  • Plant a garden -- indoors or out (look for changes over time, measure height, etc.).

FEEL IMPORTANT

Give your child

some responsibilities,

such as:

  • Setting the table
  • Putting toys and clothes away.

Be sure to recognize his or her efforts, not just results.

LEARN SOCIAL SKILLS

Encourage your child to:

  • Be polite
  • State his or her feelings, not act them out
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully.

Ask teachers, day-care providers and other parents for more tips.


Getting Ready for the First Day 8/21/2009
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 8/21/2009
PARENTS 8/21/2009
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