Aren’t the years just zooming by? It probably feels like yesterday that you were changing diapers and getting up in the middle of the night to tend to your baby. Now you’re realizing that the time will soon come that your little child will be entering the world of real school. Here are some things you can do to help prepare him or her to be ready for the monumental experience of going to kindergarten.
Having A Schedule At Home – When your child goes to kindergarten, there will be a set schedule that the children have to follow. It will be helpful to your little one to already be in a mode of a structured day. Even though you don’t have to be militaristic about it, have a set wakeup time each weekday morning. Get your child used to sitting down to eat a good breakfast without dawdling too long. After all, your child will be expected to be on time to school each morning. After breakfast and after your child is dressed for the day, have some set activities for him or her to do. One great idea is to set up play stations. The play stations could include things like coloring books and crayons, blocks or other building toys, crafts and learning toys.
Activities Held Out Of The Home – Find out if your local library has story time and classes that your child can attend. Many craft and hobby stores offer classes that are designed for little ones. Visiting museums with your child will help him or her to learn what is expected in a quiet setting. Another great way to prepare your child for kindergarten is to meet with other parents and their children for combined activities, both at different homes and for special field trips. Encourage your child to participate in discussions and to never hesitate to ask questions, teaching him or her to always wait for the right moment to do so.
Enroll Your Child In A Daycare – One of the best things you can do to prepare your child for kindergarten is to enroll him or her child in a daycare program. Look for a daycare setting where your child will be in classes with other children in his or her age group. It is a good idea to start your child attending daycare just two or three days out of the week until you know he or she is ready to be away from home every day. Be sure to choose a program that includes learning activities along with playtime. Of course, you’ll also want a nurturing individual to be your child’s caregiver.
It will be a lot of fun for your child to have his or her own memory box that will contain creations from different classes and from daycare. Contact a childcare center, such as Bramblewood Montessori Preschool childcare, for more information.