Hooray, you are on your way! In this section you will find activities, videos, and resources that will help you prepare your child for kindergarten. In addition to the information below, check out this link: 10 Classroom Survival Skills to Teach Your Children Before They Go to School!
Reading, writing, math, listening and speaking skills are essential to your child’s success in school. The best way to help your child build these skills is to model them and practice together.
Listen and Speak!
Essential Listening and Speaking Skills
How Parents Can Help
Make eye contact
Model looking at your child while you/they are speaking and encourage them to do the same.
Try having these types of open-ended discussions with your child:
What was the best part about something and why?
Tell me about your picture?
Tell what happened in a book, at a birthday party, while you were getting ready for bed, etc. in sequence
Stay on topic
Encourage your child to stay focused when they are talking to you.
Take turns talking and listening
Model a time to talk and and to listen during conversations (Ex. “You share, I listen, I share, You listen…”).
Appropriate voice volume
Work with your child on when to use an inside voice vs. an outside voice. Practice using a whisper voice.
Ask and answer in complete sentences
Encourage your child to ask and answer questions in complete sentences (Ex. “Will you tie my shoe please?”).
Start simple! Start with following one-step directions, build to two steps, etc. Try playing a game of “Simon says…”