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Parent and Caregiver Tips for Kindergarten Learning

- 9 November 2008, 05:11

  • You are your child’s first teacher and most important role model!
  • 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 learning time.
  • Read, read, read and read some more!  Make it part of your daily routine.
  • 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, top to bottom).
  • Visit the zoo, library and museum.  Ask questions and make learning fun!
  • 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 folder 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.
  • Taking an active role in your child’s life will help him/her succeed!

Copyright 2008 Cedar Valley Publishing, Stacey Kannenberg; Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!

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