School readiness – what does it mean?

So what is school readiness?School readiness means your child has had the kinds of experiences that will help them do well in school at an early age. “School readiness” means making sure your child has the academic, social, independence, and communication skills required to successfully start school.

Before starting kindergarten, children need to learn about themselves, their families and the world they live in. Children should come to school with many skills that teachers can build upon and not blank academic slates for which the teacher must define. Therefore, school readiness is the result of early education in the home. Early education is the key – academically prepare your child by:

  • Read and talk about stories each day (from birth)
  • Play with words by singing nursery rhymes and finger plays
  • Teach your child to recognize his or her name in print by posting in throughout your home
  • Teach your child to hold a pencil, crayon and marker
  • Help your child to learn colors and shapes by pointing to and naming things like, “red cup,” “yellow circle (for sun),” or “blue box (square)”
  • Teach your child to write his/her first name
  • Visit the library and check out books
  • Play puzzles and games that involve counting and problem solving (i.e. – Memory, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, etc…)
  • Let your child draw, write, cut, and paste.
  • Display the alphabet in your home and spell family members names with magnetic letters while reading the letters in each person’s name.
  • Take your child on family field trips – like those found at http://www.wigglegigglelearn.com/resources/field/trips.html Retell the order of events involved in your trip to practice sequencing and discuss new things you learned.
  • Music makes learning easier because of rhyme and repetition in most children’s songs. Sing, dance and enjoy children’s CD’s often.

 

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