Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
Let’s face it: Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. Right or wrong, it is the world we live in. As of Sept 2013 all kindergartens in Shelton are now ALL DAY/EVERYDAY! That means kindergarteners go to school M-F 9-3:30
Parents today must realize that not all 5 year olds are ready for kindergarten and that it is ok to wait an additional year for the benefit of the child.
The implementation of these new standards begins with the 2012/2013 school year.) The following list is intended to help prepare your child in a variety of developmental areas to make the transition into kindergarten as smooth as possible. All of these things can become part of your daily/weekly routine.
Believe it or not, just 15-20 minutes of playing and learning per day with your child can make a world of difference!
- Encourage your child to persist in tasks when encountering a problem by giving
him tasks slightly above his current ability level. When your child cannot find a
solution on his own, encourage him to calmly ask for help.
- Play board games to practice taking turns.
- Set up several play dates with friends of various ages.
- Allow your child to stay with other trusted adults for a few hours at a time prior to
kindergarten (especially if she has rarely been in the care of someone other than
mom and dad).
- Tell your child you expect her to clean up after play. You could implement a
ransom box for toys left out. Here is an example of what one mom did:
- Verbally give your child specific one-step and two-step directions and encourage
him to follow through.
- Read to your child for a combined total of at least 20 minutes each day.
- While reading, point out how to hold a book (right-side up with the spine on the
left) and the orientation in which we read the words and look at the pictures (left
- After reading, ask your child what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of
- Give your child plenty of opportunities to draw (without coloring books). Ask her
to draw the things she sees around her.
- Teach your child the uppercase and lowercase letters and, most importantly, the
sounds each letter makes through play and games. Need some ideas? Go here:
- Have your child help you sort items according to color, size, and shape (laundry,
blocks, silverware, toys, and other household items work well).
- Teach your child to make various patterns (red, blue, red, blue). Garage sale dot
stickers or craft pom-poms are great for this purpose.
- Practice counting aloud to 20 while driving in the car.
- Teach your child numerals 1-10. Need some suggestions on how to do this: Go here:
- Count objects in your home. Have your child point to each object as she counts.
- Go on a shape hunt. Point out circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles to your
child while you are taking or walk or grocery shopping.
- Talk about positional and directional concepts like up/down, over/under, in/out,
behind/in front of, top/bottom, beside/between, off/on, stop/go.
- Talk about opposite words (big/little, empty/full, slow/fast).
Physical Development (Gross & Fine Motor):
- Give your child plenty of opportunities for outdoor play even when the weather is cold and rainy: running, jumping, climbing, and splashing in mud puddles.
- Play catch on a regular basis.
- Practice skipping, hopping and jumping.
- Stack blocks together.
- Let your child use child-safe scissors to cut out a variety of shapes.
- Teach your child to write his name (capital for the first letter and lowercase for
the remaining letters). To start, write his name using a highlighter and encourage
him to trace over it. Be sure that he forms the letters from the top to the bottom.
- Ensure your child is holding her pencil correctly: Look here for tips on the correct way:
- Play with playdough regularly. Roll, squish, stamp, and even cut it!
- String large beads to make a necklace.
- Play with an interlocking puzzle together.
- Always encourage pretend play occasionally join your child in his fantasy world
- Teach your child to recognize the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, brown, and pink. Ask your child to get you things according to color: “Please get me your pink sweater, red shoes, blue jeans, etc.”
- Use a variety of materials to let your child paint, draw and explore!
-Limit the use of screen items: TV, computers, video games, ipads, etc. and encourage your child to self –entertain without the need for electronics or others.
What Children in Washington State are doing in Kindergarten today!
For a complete list and break down please visit www.k12.wa.us)
-Rote count from 1-100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s
-count from any given # to another # ( i.e. 7-32) and understand that the last number is larger than the first
-write #’s 0-20
-reads aloud numbers from 1-31 and can distinguish between 12 and 21, 13 and 31
-represent #’s 0-20 with objects
-count objects in a set
-short objects according to shape, size, colors, number of sides, etc. and be able to explain the shorting rule
-compare two sets of objects stating similarities and differences
-model and describe addition and subtraction problems within the numbers 1-10 (i.e. 5+2=7, 4-2=2, etc.)
-solve addition and subtraction word problems within the numbers 1-10
- compose (1 + ? = 5) decompose a number (i.e. 5 is made up of 0 &5, 1 & 4, 3 & 2, etc.)
-begin to add, subtract, compose and decompose numbers 11-19
-compare objects in terms of measurement: more, less, length, width, longer, shorter, taller, etc.
-classify objects: above, below, beside, in front of, behind, next to, etc.
-understand dimension: flat, solid, two dimensional, three dimensional, etc. and be able to explain the difference
-identify and describe shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, hexagon, cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres
-locate and describe shapes in everyday environment: a door is a rectangle, the window is square, the clock on the wall is a circle, a slice of pizza is a triangle, etc.
-create patterns using objects, letters, numbers, shapes, etc.
-can order numbers and shapes from smallest to largest
-recognizes all upper and lower case letters and their sounds
-sounds out words
-count, pronounce, blend and segment syllables in words
-reads common words by site (the, of ,to you, my, are, do, does, etc)
-recognize and produce rhyming words
-distinguish between similarly spelled words and explain their difference
-Use phonics to read unfamiliar words in isolation and in context
-read emergent reader texts with a purpose and understanding
-ask and answer questions about text
-retell a story with a beginning, middle and end
-identify the characters, setting and events in a story
-compare and contrast stories, characters and events
-print all upper and lower case letters from memory
-recognizes and writes consonants and vowels
-understands the use of capitalization in words
-writes one’s name using a capital letter followed by lower case letters
-spells and writes simple words
-recognizes and implements the fact that there is spacing between words in written text
-labels and captions pictures
-use drawings, dictation and writing to compose text and narrate a story
-describes pictures of people, places, things and events first by dictation, followed by simple words, and finishing the year with written sentences
-Publish some of their own work
-participates in group research on topics using a variety of media source