It is getting that time of year when parents begin to ask that important question about their 5 year old starting school. Is she/ he ready? In the Sunday, January 6, 2008 Arizona Republic an article was published about this very topic. Below are some recommendations from the Lincoln Learning Center.
To help your pre-school child get ready for kindergarten consider the following:
- When teaching the names of the letters, teach the sound of the letter at the same time. Children who know the sounds of at lease eight letters before entering kindergarten are more likely to become successful readers.
- While your child is playing with blocks or mini cars, ask them to sort them by color. Count them while you are matching colors.
- Narrate your day, even before your child can talk. Talk to your child about where you are going, what you are doing and why you are doing it. Encourage your child to create rhyming words. If you get tired of talking, sing.
- Point out the parts of a book when you and your child are reading together. For example, show them the cover and point out the title and the author's name.
- Add to your child's creativity. If he is playing with a box, add some old colorful scarves and a few chairs. If your child creates a fantasy train trip, ask him questions: Where are you going? Who is the conductor? How did you get on this train?
- Encourage your child to use five and 10-word sentences.
If you are concerned about your child's development, refer these concerns to your pediatrician. Do not hesitate to contact your local public school for additional information regarding academic development and kindergarten requirements.
According to Arizona Literacy and Learning Center, these red flags may be indications your child needs extra help to prepare for kindergarten:
- Unable to follow instructions or routines.
- Difficulty holding a pencil or crayon.
- DIfficulty telling or retelling a story.
- Difficulty pronouncing words.
- Slow to add new vocabulary.
- Unable to recall the right word.
- Trouble remembering letters and numbers.
LESD kindergarten registration usually takes place the beginning of March. Registration packets will not be available for kindergarten until the official open registration date. We look forward to working with you and your child.