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."
Sign up for our newsletter and we'll send you more
insights to help you help your child succeed.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for , including performance data and recently posted user reviews.