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Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten



Do you have a child starting kindergarten this school year? Kindergarten is an exciting time for any kid. Not only do they get to ride the bus and eat in the cafeteria, they get to learn important skills that they’ll need for the rest of their school career. Because of this, it’s important to help your kindergartener build a strong foundation for this first year of school. Here are a few things you can do to help get your child ready for kindergarten.


Teach Them Letters

It’s amazing how much your child will learn this year in kindergarten. Many schools even have kindergarteners involved in reading groups towards the second half of the school year! You can help get your child ready for kindergarten reading by teaching them their letters beforehand. By being able to identify letters, your child will have an easier time memorizing the sounds of each letter, as well as learning how to blend those sounds into words.

Practice Sight Words

Reading isn't just about sounding out words. There are some words that simply cannot be sounded out. Your kindergartener will receive a list of these words called sight words. Basically, they’re words that your child will need to be able to recognize with a glance. Help your child be ready for kindergarten by practicing the basic sight words. This includes such words as the, his, her, was, etc.

Count Snacks

Your kindergartener will need to learn important math skills, including counting objects. Even if your child already knows how to count to twenty, your child might not be able to correctly count a group of objects. Practice this important skill with your child to help get them ready for kindergarten. Make it fun by counting favorite snacks or cereals. In addition to learning, your child will get a tasty treat after.

Help Them with Routines

The school day will be filled with many routines. This will be hard for your child to remember at first since kindergarten is such a new experience. You can help get your child ready for kindergarten by following some of the same basic routines at home. Practice waking up on time and try eating lunch around the same time as your child will at school. You can even set up your kitchen and dining room like a cafeteria and practice school lunch procedures in the comfort of your own home!

Listen, Listen, Listen!

Your kindergartener will really need to practice those listening skills. Although teachers use a variety of teaching strategies to help kids understand new concepts, one of the main strategies includes verbal instruction. Your child’s teacher will explain important information with words, as well as communicate instructions and expectations. It’s important that you help your child develop strong listening skills for the school year.


Kindergarten is a big year for your child. You can help your kid succeed at school by preparing them for this important year.

What are some ways you've helped your children get ready for kindergarten?

Annmarie John
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  1. These are all very important steps to take to prepare your child for kindergarten. This way, a lot of the new academic concepts that they learn won't be so foreign to them.

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  2. In our town all the kids had to know to get in were their alphabet, they had to be able to count to 10, know their colors, write their name and pass a hearing/eye test. Easy peasy.

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  3. Great tips and we start kindergarten in less then 2 weeks now, so I can honestly say you lay it out perfectly here how to indeed get a jump and be ready for kindergarten :)

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  4. We do all of these things at home. Listening is the one we struggle with most.

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  5. It was hard for me to send son to kindergarten as it meant he was growing up but high school was even harder.

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  6. Great tips. I was the last mom out of the class when my oldest started kindergarten and the first one out when my youngest started!

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  7. Thankfully, my son is just 3 and will be going to preschool (again) this year. I'm not ready for kindergarten and don't want to think about it (ha). But I do hope that when the time gets here that we both will be prepared and ready. Great tips.

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  8. I agree with this 100%! My son started Kindergarten last year and teaching him a lot of these things before he started really helped in the long run! Now he's in first grade and I'm a little sad because he's growing up. :-(

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  9. Isabella was in Kindergarten last year this year she's entering first grade. Routines are so important my child needs structured routine so much more then the typical child do to her special needs these tips are all tips I all ready use plus some.

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  10. This week is definitely a time when we're going to start routines. I've been struggling with getting one together, so I know that I will have to work hard to bring it together. My daughter knows her letters and her numbers to 10. We're going to start sight words, the calendar and the weather! On one hand, I'm nervous, on the other hand, I'm excited!

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  11. Tomorrow marks my daughter's 2nd week of Kindergarten! We've been working so hard on letters, numbers, writing, the list goes on. Its the listening we should have spent a little more time on. However I know she listens in class, as her teacher told me she is doing great. So, YAY! This is a great list! Thank you for sharing it.

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  12. We have been using an iPad app to learn letter and shapes. My son can trace them now on his own

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  13. I feel like our kindergarten is more play based because I haven't done much prep in the way of it, but I know that Scarlet has known a lot of this stuff since a young age. Maybe she will help Des! He's starting daycare next week. I may cry!

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  14. It's been so long ago since my daughter went to kindergarten. I wish I had this to read then.

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  15. The sight words are no joke! They have them learn ten a week at my son's school, and it's criteria for First Grade entry.

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  16. I do not have a child starting kindergarten this year, but these are all really great tips for anyone who does.

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  17. Great post. We homeschool so our preparations were a bit different, but still very similar.

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  18. Well, I am not a mom but I am a kindergarten teacher. One of the biggest things we encourage parents to do is read to their children. Every single night.

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  19. I never pushed anything. I was given the list of what was expected and we touched on each subject never pushing him. In the end I learned the hard way he was more advanced as others had not worked on the list. kind of made for a rough start.

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  20. My girls are older so we are long past kindergarten age. But one thing I did do was to bring them to school and get them used to being there. Showing them the awesome things that school has to offer.

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  21. Kindergarten is such an exciting time. My youngest is starting his first year at college this year so it has been some time since kindergarten for us. I remember touring the school and meeting who his teacher was going to be.

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  22. I love all the information you have shared! It was hard getting my son ready for kindergarten last year but now... we are moving into first grade!! =D Here in PA kindergarten is not mandatory and I think it is a huge mistake! Kindergarten is such a huge part in a child education! Thank you so much for these tips! I am going to share with my friends who have little ones headed to Kindergarten!

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  23. This is really nice topic, which is very useful for me.

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  25. Wow to think that JR is already able to identify all of his letters at two made me very happy to read this. I'll be excited as we move onto the other things. I have noticed there is a difference in them learning how to count and understanding what counting objects means in relation to that. This is a great list, Amanda!

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  26. My sister-in-law needs to read this. I don't think that she does any of these things and my nephew starts kindergarten next year. I'm going to share this with her and thank you for sharing this with us.

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