PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR KINDERGARTEN
Ms. Anna's Kindergarten
Let’s face it: Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. Right or wrong, it is the world we
live in. 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.
Believe it or not, just 15-20 minutes of playing and learning with your child can make a
world of difference!
o 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.
o Play board games to practice taking turns.
o Set up several play dates with friends of various ages.
o 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).
o Tell your child you expect her to clean up after play. You could implement a
ransom box for toys left out like this one:
o Verbally give your child specific one-step and two-step directions and encourage
him to follow through.
o Read to your child for a combined total of at least 20 minutes each day.
o 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
o After reading, ask your child what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of
o Give your child plenty of opportunities to draw (without coloring books). Ask her
to draw the things she sees around her.
o 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:
o Have your child help you sort items according to color, size, and shape (laundry,
blocks, silverware, toys, and other household items work well).
o Teach your child to make various patterns (red, blue, red, blue). Garage sale dot
stickers or craft pom-poms are great for this purpose.
o Practice counting aloud to 20 while driving in the car.
o Teach your child numerals 1-10. Need some suggestions on how to do this: Go
o Count objects in your home. Have your child point to each object as she counts.
o Go on a shape hunt. Point out circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles to your
child while you are taking or walk or grocery shopping.
o 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.
o Talk about opposite words (big/little, empty/full, slow/fast).
Physical Development (Gross & Fine Motor)
o Give your child plenty of opportunities for outdoor play: running, jumping, and
o Play catch on a regular basis.
o Practice skipping.
o Stack blocks together.
o Let your child use child-safe scissors to cut out a variety of shapes.
o 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.
o Ensure your child is holding her pencil correctly:
o Play with playdough regularly. Roll, squish, stamp, and even cut it!
o Encourage your child to cut out various shapes using child-safe scissors.
o String large beads to make a necklace.
o Play with an interlocking puzzle together.
o Always encourage pretend play…occasionally join your child in his fantasy
o Teach your child to recognize the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green,
blue, purple, black, white, brown, and pink. For help, go to: www.icanteachmychild.com/colors
o Use a variety of materials to let your child paint, draw and explore!