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School Readiness: How to Prepare Your Child for Academic Learning

School Readiness: How to Prepare Your Child for Academic Learning
Posted on August 8, 2016 by CHS

What is “School Readiness”?

Does your child’s education begin on the first day of Kindergarten?

No! In fact, most educators expect that children coming into school have already learned or mastered certain skills. So what are those skills and how do you help your child prepare for success?

Academic Readiness

Before starting kindergarten, your child should have some understanding of academic concepts like math, language and literacy, science, and art, as well as “core concepts” which include social skills, critical thinking, and self-regulation.

This means that you have the role of being your child’s first teacher. But there is no need to worry, you do not have to figure it out on your own!

We have created a list of academic competencies and tips  to help guide you through teaching your child some basic concepts and prepare her for learning. (Check back soon for Part 2 - Core Skills).

Language and Literacy - the ability to listen, speak, read, and write

Teaching tips:

  • Sing songs and recite rhymes
  • Name pictures in a book
  • Help him memorize the correct spelling of his name, his age, address, and phone number

Mathematics – the ability to count, estimate quantities, measure, identify numbers/shapes/patterns

Teaching tips:

  • Bake something together using various measuring cups; have them count chocolate chips or the number of cookies on a pan.
  • Set the table and identify shapes – circles (plates), rectangles (napkins), cylinders (glasses), etc.

Creative Arts – expressing creativity with drawing, painting, creating stories, making music, etc.

Teaching tips:

  • Tell stories with puppets or dolls
  • Make up a dance or a song
  • Provide crayons, markers, or watercolors for children to create in their own way.

Science – the ability to understand cause and effect, investigate, ask questions, and make predictions

Teaching tips:

  • Explore nature and ask questions: Why is the grass wet in the morning? Why are the leaves brown or green?
  • Investigate and identify natural objects such as rocks, leaves, plants, seashells, insects, etc.

Social Studies – helps children relate to others and understand their community

Teaching tips:

  • Visit your community police station, library, fire department, senior citizens center, and post office, and talk about what you see.
  • Explore other cultures through restaurants, talking to neighbors about their traditions, and listening to various languages in the community. Talk about similarities and differences.

When children discover information through observation and experimentation, they are more likely to understand and apply those concepts to other areas of learning.

Through exploring together, not only do you and your child get to spend quality time together, but the gift of time shows a child that she is safe, loved, and capable of learning.

For more tips about teaching your child and preparing them for school, download our School Readiness Brochure and School Readiness Kit, or listen to the School Readiness podcast.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 –School Readiness: How to Prepare Your Child for Core Skills

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