10 everyday ways to help your child get ready for kindergarten

Parentree-editors 2009-05-11 10:55:19

Parents often spend a lot of time teaching their children various skills  to get them ready for school.  But time is always a crunch. Here are some tips for everyday things that you can do to help your child get ready. These can be easily done when you are in the car, in a bus, in the kitchen, eating dinner etc., and require no special time allocated.

  • Speak to your child in descriptive  and complete sentences so they understand how language is used. Explain to them new words that you use, and help expand their vocabulary.
  • Use  comparative descriptions - "large/small", "short/big" etc., in sentences. Say "I am taking the large bag to work today" or "Let us use the smaller tomato first". This will help them learn comparators.
  • Use colour names to describe things - "I will put this green shirt on you". This will teach them colours.
  • Use hand gestures to point out items and to describe actions. This will help children expand their vocabulary.
  • Ask and answer a lot of questions. This will help them learn and also understand that they should ask about things
  • Tell them stories verbally. You don't just have to read them books. Even telling them any story about yourself, your family will help.
  • Read out large letters that you see in various places or on packages or in the newspaper. It helps them learn the alphabet.
  • Count out everything that you handle - vegetables, fruits, books etc.,
  • Point out shapes of all kinds - squares, circles, triangles - in whatever is around.
  • Give them small roles in anything you do and make sure they complete them. For example, you can ask them to stuff all your plastic grocery bags into one bag or it could be finding your sunglasses when you are leaving for work. 


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