Kindergarten Readiness: Introduction

Increase your understanding of how to use everyday interactions and materials found in the home to help prepare children for kindergarten.
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The purpose of this program is to help parents and caregivers to support children through the transition from childcare, nursery school or home to the school setting. Parents and caregivers will learn how they can use everyday activities as well as items ordinarily found in the home to help children build a strong foundation for learning. The four domains of early learning will be explored: Cognitive Skills, Social-Emotional Skills, Learning Skills and Physical Motor Skills.


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- [Denise] Congratulations, your child will soon begin his or her formal education by starting kindergarten.

This is a milestone for your child, and for your family, whether this is your first, second or last child to be entering kindergarten, it is always a first time experience for parents and this particular child.

No two children, even children from the same parents, are exactly alike, so naturally, each child makes the transition to kindergarten in their own unique way.

Making the transition to kindergarten as smooth as possible, is important for a child's future academic success.

Research tells us that getting children off to a good start in their formal education helps create a solid foundation for future learning.

The purpose of this program is to help parents and caregivers support children throughout the transition from child care, nursery school, or the home, to the school setting.

Kindergarten is a time of preparation and change for both children and their families, and it is filled with a variety of feelings and emotions.

In this program, we will cover how you can use everyday activities, as well as items ordinarily found in your home, to help your child build a strong foundation for learning.

You don't need to buy expensive gadgets and toys, you can use the world around you as your classroom.

What do you thing of when you hear the words, kindergarten readiness?

Most people say that it means children knowing their colors, shapes, some letters and their name perhaps, these cognitive, or knowing, skills, are certainly an important part of school readiness.

But this is not the only area in which children need to develop competency.

For the purpose of this program, we are going to describe kindergarten readiness in four broad developmental areas, these are cognitive skills, or knowing skills, social-emotional skills, or getting along skills, learning skills, or attending, and physical motor skills, both fine motor and gross motor skills.

The videos in this series will discuss each of these areas in more detail.

Kindergarten readiness includes a whole package of skills and covers a lot of territory, there are no hard and fast rules, just because a child can count to 100 and print his name, does not make him or her ready for school.

Conversely, a child who recognizes only a few letters and counts to five only, may actually be ready for school.

As the parent, you know your child best, and you are his best advocate, at the same time, consider input from other adults who interact with your child, they can also be very important in helping you know where your child has strengths, and where he might need support.

Kindergarten readiness tips to help your child succeed was developed to assist parents and caregivers of children preparing to enter school.

The objectives of this video series are for parents and caregivers to be able to describe at least three specific skills in each of the four areas that children should be able to master before entering kindergarten.

To be able to identify activities that can be done in the home of preschoolers, to reinforce learning in each of the developmental areas, and to increase knowledge of activities that develop language and pre-reading skills in young children.

As you proceed through the modules, here are some fundamental ideas to keep in mind about how children learn.

All children develop at their own pace, some children develop more quickly in some areas than in others.

Let's see how one parent helps her child to learn.

- Hey Mallet, can you look on this page, and help me find the duck?

Well, that's yellow, but it's not the duck.

Can you try again?

That's right, good job, alright.

Good job.

- [Denise] Did you notice how the adult was able to guide this child positively without criticizing?

Development is not linear, children often leap forward, regress, then leap ahead again.

Small, incremental steps work best.

Don't increase expectations of your child too much, too soon.

Recognize accomplishments and attempts.

As the time draws closer for your child to enter kindergarten, do not panic, you have probably been doing a lot of these things already to help your child prepare for school.

Spend some time observing your child, talk and read to your child, determine where she is in each area, and build upon your child's strengths, and use your home environment to help your child continue to develop.

Most likely, your school district is planning activities to help acquaint you and your child with the school and the kindergarten classroom.

Be sure to take advantage of these opportunities, get involved in your child's education right from the start.

Consult with your pediatrician if you have concerns about your child's growth and development.

And as always, remember, you are your child's first and most important teacher.


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