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What Can I Do to Prepare My Child for Kindergarten

 *Personal Needs:
  • Dress themselves - tying shoes, buttons pants/coats, zip jackets  
  • Know left and right - practice with your shoes!  
  • Take care of bathroom needs  
  • Washing hands & blowing nose  
  • Recognizing own clothing and possessions 
  •  Following simple directions  
  • Putting toys and clothing away  
  • Understanding concepts of space, direction and place 
*Establish Routines  
  • Set limits - have your child help make rules together  
  • Eating habits  
  • Sleeping habits  
  • Create a daily or weekly schedule 
  • Talk with your child  
  • Practice "active listening"  
  • Turn-taking in conversations  
  • Maintaining eye contact  
  • Encourage your child to talk about their feelings and emotions 
*Read! Read! Read!  
  • Talk about the pictures and what is happening in the story  
  • Talk about the meaning of words in the text  
  • Visit the library  
  • Read labels at the store 
*Academic Skills  
  • Recognize, name, count and write numerals 1-20  
  • Count and sort objects together  
  • Count to 100  
  • Recognize and name colors, shapes and patterns  
  • Write first and last name  
  • Identify letters and sounds