We all know as parents that we want our children to have the best foot forward when they start school. It can be hard when parents are working to make sure your child has all the skills ready for kindergarten. A KinderPrep program is a great way to give them a head start on their schooling. We would love to tell you about our services as well.
Skills Needed for Kindergarten
There are several skills that are needed for a successful kindergarten year.
- Children should be able to recognize some if not all letters of the alphabet.
- Grip a pencil, crayon, or marker correctly (with the thumb and forefinger supporting the tip). This is a hard skill to learn. But we have a multitude of activities to advance this skill.
- Identify and write your first and last name, preferably with upper and lower case letters.
- Count to ten. We work with our students to count during activities all day, including counting objects used for projects to how many steps it takes to reach the next activity.
- Large motor skills are imperative and simple tasks like bouncing a ball are key.
- Can your student sort objects by size? Shape? Color? We make this task fun by using different objects each time.
- Kindergarten can be hard if this is your child’s first time in a classroom setting. Learning to use complete sentences when talking is important so that your child gets their full thoughts across.
- As a parent with an incoming kindergartener, you will see that Sight Words will be become important for all of elementary school. We will start with sight words that all children should recognize like “stop”
- Rhyme Time is a great way for kids to have fun with rhyming words but also learn how words rhyme.
- Using scissors, glue, paint, and other art materials is fun but also provides small motor skills that are needed.
- All children entering kindergarten should be able to recite their full name, address, phone number, and birthday
- 10 minutes of independent play or playing with a friend shows focus and attention skills.
- Be able to use the bathroom independently.
- Follow 3-4 step directions
- Clean up after self.
- Listen to a story without interrupting. Most teachers will have interaction between their students and the story.
- Separate from parents. This is often harder on the parents than students..
Our KinderPrep Program
Our KinderPrep program is a few hours a week during the summer. This program provides incoming kindergartners with a learning space that mimics that of a regular classroom. We work with letter recognition, number recognition and so much more. By the end of our program, our students know how to spell and write their first name. We work on large and fine motor skills as well as listening skills. We work on Kindergarten Sight Words as well. Are you ready to sign up for KinderPrep?