June 9, 2020 – Going to kindergarten is a big step in a child’s life, and it’s a big step for parents too. A lot of parents may worry whether they’ve taught their kids enough to prepare them for the next step, which is why Duval County Public Schools has a Kindergarten Readiness Checklist.
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
Now, you may look at the “Kindergarten Readiness Checklist” below and feel a bit intimidated. “Wow, my child has to know all that?” That’s why we reached out to several early learning educators for easy suggestions on getting your soon-to-be kindergartners ready for academic success. Here are there tips:
- Read, reread favorite books. Ask 5 W’s and H questions to follow up.
- Talk about name. How many letters and what sounds do they make?
- Use sand, salt, playdoh, etc. to make letters.
- Play rhyming games.
- Support vocabulary by naming things in the house. The kitchen is great for this (i.e., spatula)
- Tell stories and role play.
- Computer literacy- have them learn their usernames and passwords for blended learning programs.
- Create a quiet place in the home for homework. Understand the teacher’s expectations.
- Show them how to socialize properly with peers and adults.
- Teach, model, and expect respect of peers and adults/ authority.
- Talk about schedules-what to expect every day when school starts. (this will help them to understand they will go and come back)
- Have them help with picking out clothes, packing lunch, etc.
- Teach independence as early as possible. This will help them to navigate without Mom and Dad.
- Let them be little. Don’t expect too much.
- Acknowledge their feelings and teach them how to respond to them.
- Hold real discussions. No more baby talk.
- Practice separation for kids’ and parents’ sake. (Participate in a Boohoo breakfast)
- Once child and parent have overcome separation issues, consider volunteering in the school/ classroom occasionally.