According to local kindergarten teachers, 1 in 6 Quad Cities children were not ready to learn on their first day of school.
10 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten
A group of Quad Cities kindergarten teachers put together this list. Is your child ready for kindergarten?
1. Does your child have patience?
- Play freeze tag.
- Give a small treat to the child who can sit still the longest.
- Teach your child how to walk up to pets.
2. Does your child share with others?
- Play board or card games.
- Get two different ice cream cones, and then ask to trade a bite for a bite.
- Color in a picture together using only two or three crayons.
3. Can your child talk about thoughts and feelings?
When your child is upset, sit in a chair snuggling with him or her. Ask how he or she feels and listen to the answer.
When watching TV together, ask questions likes: Why do you think the little girl is crying?
At bedtime, have your child list three things that happened that day the made him or her happy.
4. Can your child get dressed, put on a coat, and use a bathroom, without help?
- Play dress-up together.
- Pull a zipper off an old pair of pants and have the children practice with it.
- Let your child get dressed and undressed by him or herself - as much as he or she can do without help.
5. Does your child do well in new situations?
- Try new places such as: parks and playgrounds, farmers' markets, window shopping at the mall, and pet stores.
6. Does your child play in groups?
- Have a three-legged race.
- Get two children to hold a towel between them and then get them to bounce a ball in the middle.
- Play pretend with your child. Today, I am a lion. What are you?
7. Can your child hold a pencil and use scissors?
- Get a pair of child's safety scissors.
- If they have trouble cutting paper at first, give them clay or play dough to cut.
- Color a picture together.
- Play Tic-Tac-Toe.
8. Can your child figure out ways to solve problems?
- Play I Spy or Hot & Cold.
- Give your child an empty cereal box and ask him or her to make it flat.
- Twist two pipe cleaners together in a knot and work with your child to untangle them.
9. Does your child explore the world and ask questions?
- Ask questions yourself. What color and shape is that sign? Why do cars have wheels?
- Halfway through a book, ask your child what he or she thinks is going to happen next.
- When your child asks a question you don't know the answer to, look up the answer together.
10. Does your child like to listen to stories?
- Read to your child, every day, starting from birth.