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Jun 11 2008

Tips for Kindergarten Learning

Research has proven time and time again, that a child’s parents/caregivers and their first teacher are their most important role models. Therefore it is critical that you show your child that the learning process can be fun, by being a positive and fun learner yourself. Listed below are tips to help you instill the love of learning by setting an example in the following areas:

  • Let your child see you read and learn.
  • Build your child’s vocabulary by explaining and discussing everyday activities.
  • Turn travel, meal, bath and bed time into a fun learning experiences.
  • Read, read, read and read some more!  Make it part of your daily routine to read as much as possible.
  • When reading with your child, sit side-by-side or have your child sit on your lap, in a comfortable, quiet area.
  • Use your finger to explore the book’s pages (left to right and top to bottom).
  • Visit the local zoo, library and museum. While on your tour, ask questions and having fun exploring.
  • Always have paper, pencils, crayons, glue and scissors readily available.
  • Encourage good hygiene at home and at school, including proper bathroom habits, washing hands, blowing nose and covering mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  • Lay out clothes, make lunch, organize school folders and assemble backpack the evening before school.
  • Discuss positive solutions for problems that might occur, such as bullying, teasing, bathroom accidents, etc.
  • Make sure your child gets the required 10-12 hours of sleep and a nutritious breakfast.
  • Before entering school, update immunization records and schedule hearing, vision, dental and physical exams.
  • Nurture, motivate and instill self-esteem in your child.  Listen to your child’s concerns, interests, and problems.

Taking an active role in your child’s life will help him/her succeed in learning and in life!

Copyright 2008 Cedar Valley Publishing, Stacey Kannenberg; Author of Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! and Let’s Get Ready For First Grade!

What are some of the things your parents passed on to you as a Kindergartener?  Are you passing them on your children, or have you passed on something different?

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