Like most parents, when I brought home my child home, it seemed like I had all the time in the world before I would send him to school. Then one day I woke up and realized that preschool was already upon us, and that in just a few short years he would start going to school every day. Now those years have also passed and at the end of the summer, my baby will officially be in kindergarten. Looking back, I can only hope that I did enough to help prepare him and lay the foundation for his journey ahead.
In April we started the process of “officially transitioning” him to kindergarten by attending Kindergarten Round-up. However, we really started the process when he started preschool by helping him to work towards independence and giving him experiences to enable him to be successful through the process. This summer is no different. To help us keep up the momentum and continue towards the start of school, here are a couple of great resources I found to use. You might want to check them out as well.
- Transitioning to Kindergarten from NAEYC. For families, Starting school can be scary and exciting for both you and your child. Effective kindergarten teachers know that children are individuals who each start kindergarten with a wide range of skills. You do not need to drill your child with letters, numbers, and facts, before school starts. But there are some things you can do to prepare both you and your child for kindergarten.
- Let’s get ready for Kindergarten from Chestnut Ridge School District. I know this is for another state, but the activities are simple, quick, and easy to do over the summer to support your child’s development and growth of skills needed as he/she prepares to enter kindergarten. Completing these activities with your child will also help strengthen the bond between you and ensure quality time together on a daily basis. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills are essential throughout your child’s academic career. Social, emotional, and self-help skills are equally important. A combination of all of these skills will be touched on throughout this booklet. Along with these suggested activities, it is always a great idea to read to your child every day.
- Humboldt Schools have developed a great Summer Activity Calendar for you and your child to countdown to kindergarten.
- Reading Rockets has a 10 Weeks of Summer Reading Adventures for You and Your Kids. Each week includes six or seven fun and easy ideas for practicing skills that fit right into your own summer adventures. Parents can also use the month of May to speak with their child’s preschool teacher about activities to do at home that will help keep learning alive over the summer.
Get Ready To Read emphasizes that the year before kindergarten is the ideal time for parents to foster and build their child’s skills for a strong start in school. To help you prepare your child for the future, they have developed parent resources that you can take advantage of today.
- Skill Building Activities – Use this set of activity cards for ideas to try at home.
- Getting Ready for Kindergarten Tip Sheets – There are seven of these handouts for parents on different aspects of early childhood development.
Looking back on how fast this time has come for our family, I realize that it is never too early to start the process. Even though she is just beginning her journey into preschool this fall, now is the time to start laying the foundation for my daughter’s success in school. I know from the past couple of years that the time will fly, and before I know it, she will be starting Kindergarten as well.
Have a Great Week!