Preparing your child for school can be very exciting. Many parents look forward to the time when their child will enter kindergarten and start their formal schooling. However, many parents worry that their children will not be ready when the time comes. Luckily, there are some things that parents can do to ensure that the child is ready for kindergarten.
1. Read To The Child Often and Discuss The Letters
One of the best things you can do to encourage early reading skills is to read to the child often. This doesn't just mean getting out a book and reading at the child. You should be involving the child in the reading process, let them play an active role in the reading. They should be able to stop and ask questions, point at the letters and ask what they are and what they mean. It may mean that it takes you a much longer time to get through a simple picture book, but the curiosity about the book will help the child to learn how the sounds are put together, associate the pictures with the story and have a love for reading.
2. Explore The World Around Them Through Play
Many parents assume that getting a child ready for school means that the child must learn to sit at a desk. Although this is one aspect of school, it is not the only way to prepare. A vital part of getting a child ready for kindergarten is teaching them to use their imagination. Imagination plays a huge role in the child's ability to visualize new information. For instance, many abstract thoughts require imagination. You must be able to "see" something in your head that you have never experienced before. This comes from the child learning to play and using their imagination in their childhood.
3. Encourage a Love and Thirst For Knowledge
Before the child enters school, they should have a love and a thirst for knowledge. It is no way to start a lifetime of schooling without the desire to learn. If the child seems disinterested in school, try finding subjects that interest them. This may mean they learn about sports, a certain topic they love, or even a place that they love. Show the child that learning about new things can be fun and not a chore. This will help them be prepared to start formal schooling.
By doing these things you can be sure that your child is ready to start kindergarten when the time comes. For more ideas and tips, contact a company like Freedom Academy.
When was the last time you really thought about your kid's education? If you are like I was a few years ago, you might assume that your tots will learn everything they need to know once they start elementary school. However, this is a common misconception. When my wife started working as a school teacher, it became immediately clear to me that kids weren't as educated as their parents thought. We started thinking about it, and we decided to start taking our kid's education head on. We focused on math and science, and soon our child started to pick up the material. My blog is about incorporating education into your daily life, so that you can keep your kids on track.