By GreatSchools Staff
Thanks to the many readers who shared their ideas for preparing their children for kindergarten.
Here are some of their suggestions:
"I am doing all that I can do to prepare my child for school," an Alabama mother of a future kindergartner writes. "I want her to know how to spell her name, tie her own shoes, go to the bathroom and defend herself on her own."
"Help your child practice spelling her name," another parent suggests. "Make sure she knows the alphabet and numbers 1-20 (by sight and by writing them down). Play 'school' so that your child will know how to properly behave in class."
"My son and I have about a 30-minute ride to and from daycare," writes the mom of a soon-to-be kindergartner. "I bought a Magna Doodle for the car and we practice writing our letters. He copies words out of books or magazines. He practices letters and is learning to read."
Workbooks are a popular kindergarten prep suggestion. A New Jersey mom shares, "My son loves the workbooks you can buy at almost any store. They have draw by numbers and color by numbers, what doesn't belong in the pictures and finding items in pictures."
"My daughter is really excited to go to school," writes the mom of a 5-year-old in Illinois. "So, I make the most of this energy. I work with her preschool teacher to improve her handwriting.... My daughter now writes very neatly (except the occasional confusion with b, d, 9, P....) For math, I use Cheerios, to revise her counting and introduce the concept of addition and subtraction.... We try to teach about safety too, including how to cross the road, no opening doors, and no talking to strangers. We teach her the importance of discipline and respect for teachers."
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