Kindergarten readiness is a topic that is important to teachers and parents alike. All parents want to know if their chid is ready for Kindergarten and if they will be successful! I wanted to share a little information on the topic and a few printables that will help get your little ones ready for Kindergarten.
When I taught Kindergarten, the school year started with pre-beginning of the year conferences. These conferences happened before the first day of school and they were SO powerful! It gave parents a chance to meet me one on one, ask me all of their questions and check out the classroom. It gave me a chance to get to know my sweet students, make them feel comfortable and quickly assess them individually. The first year I taught, the whole experience honestly blew me away! It was absolutely crazy to see the differences between each child I met.
One of the skills we assessed was alphabet knowledge. We showed students uppercase and lowercase letters and they told us letter names and sounds. I met one child who knew the name of every uppercase letter, lowercase letter and all of the letter sounds…including long and short vowel sounds. WHAT? WOW! Then I met another child who struggled to even sing the ABCs. Did both children learn and make tremendous growth in Kindergarten that year? Absolutely! Children especially young ones, develop at different rates. However, there are still certain skills that knowing will greatly benefit children as they make the transition to Kindergarten. Not to mention, make them SO much more confident beginning their learning career!
Get Ready For Kindergarten Printables
I have created a few free printables for you to use in your classroom (or home) that focus on kindergarten readiness skills. These activities are focused on counting, the alphabet, shapes, cutting, gluing, coloring and tracing. ALL of these skills will be used in Kindergarten…and beyond! Just click HERE to download the file instantly!
I also want to remind you that little ones learn SO much through play! Nothing replaced the power of play and play based learning. I hope that you will think about incorporating these skills into your child’s daily play too! Count objects on a walk, organize books from tallest to shortest, count how many seconds it takes for the garage door to go down, look for letters in a book you are reading together, cut numbers out of a magazine!
This post originally appeared on Sarah Chesworth.