How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten in 5 Easy Steps

Now that you have almost completed the 50+ summer activities to do with your child, it’s time to start thinking about the school year ahead! If you have a little one starting kindergarten this fall, I’m sure you have heard “is so-and-so ready for kindergarten?” about a million times, and of course you reply with the usual, slightly wavering response of “oh yes!… I think so anyway” … But is your son or daughter actually ready for full day, every day kindergarten? Are you? Help start the year out right and prepare your child for kindergarten in these 5 easy steps!

Getting Ready in the Mornings

When my daughter now wakes up in the mornings, she is expected to come downstairs fully dressed, with teeth brushed, having already gone potty and her hands washed. Now this doesn’t always happen, but we are working on it and would highly recommend it! It makes the morning go so much more smoothly, allows your child more autonomy, and you don’t have to ask your child to get dressed 47 times before you have even had a cup of coffee. Here are some tips for success:

  1. Look at the weather the night before
  2. Get your child to lay out their outfit the night before so it’s easy for them in the morning
  3. Set up their toothbrush with toothpaste near the sink
  4. Remind them in the evening to go potty and wash hands when they wake up!

Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten By Making Friends

Making friends is hard work, especially for a three-year-old just starting to learn the beginnings of our societal norms. It takes practice. It’s anxiety provoking. It’s often awkward and doesn’t always go as you planned. There are thousands of nuances within the English language that take time to master.

Here are some suggestions to get  your child used to socialising, sharing and working as a team:

  1. Hang out with your friends with kids
  2. Join a play-group within your school district – that way, they can meet their fellow classmates before school starts
  3. Join a summer day camp to strengthen confidence and independence
  4. Have him/her join a team sport in which the players have to interact and work together
  5. If you are present, cueing him/her with phrases to use when talking to other children may be all they need to get off to the right track, such as “Hi, my name is ____. What’s silagra vs viagra Yours?”, “Do you want to play with me?”, “Would you like to share this with me?”, or “I am doing ___. Do you want to as well?”
  6. Talk about his/her relationships after their interactions – what went well, what they enjoyed about it and what to improve upon
  7. Monitor but allow your child to try to work through concerns with other children on his/her own

Timing Lunches

Maybe there are some children out there that do not have problems finishing their lunches within a reasonable amount of time. Maybe. But once you put them in a highly charged classroom with 30+ four-year-olds in it, they are bound to get distracted.

Full-day kindergarten + untouched lunch = extremely grumpy, tired kindergartener who wants to gorge him/herself immediately off of the bus.

  1. Try timing your child’s lunches at home a couple of times to help them understand how long they will have at school
  2. Teach them to listen to their own hunger cues and to keep eating until they are full
  3. Make lunches with your child’s input the night before, so that they have an idea of what to expect at lunch time and it includes their favourites

Learning Fine Motor Skills

Some fine motor skills that will give your child a leg up once kindergarten starts include:

  • Cutting out pictures on paper with blunt scissors
  • Writing his/her name
  • Holding a pencil and pen the right way
  • Colouring within the lines
  • Zipping, tying and buttoning
  • Opening lunch boxes and food containers, eating with cutlery

Reading Books Every Night

If this isn’t part of your bedtime routine, start it now! It is a great time to not only unwind and bond with your child, but it will also help to teach them new words! This is a huge part to help prepare your child for Kindergarten!

  • Read 2-3 short books each night
  • Include first reader style books that teach phonics and sight words
  • Include more difficult books that he/she can listen to and imagine as you read
  • Discuss the stories as you go along, answering any questions as you go
  • Afterwards, ask them to tell you what the moral of the story was and what they learned from it

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Is your child ready for Kindergarten? Will these top 5 ways to help prepare your child for Kindergarten be helpful to your son or daughter? Please share in the comment section below!

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20 thoughts on “How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten in 5 Easy Steps

  • August 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

    These are such wonderful tips! I like thr idea of timing lunch to help the child get an idea of what lunch looks like at school.

  • August 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    These are such great tips! I have a couple more years until we reach Kindergarten but these come in handy for preschool too!

    • September 2, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Thanks for reading Nicole I’m glad you found these helpful!!

  • August 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    So perfect! It just reminds me I’m so not ready for my baby girl to go to school. Luckily we have time.

    • September 2, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I know, it’s so hard to let them go. Life goes by so fast!

  • August 23, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Really great tips you have there, especially about how long it takes to eat lunch. Thankfully my kiddo has a leg up since he’s in daycare/preschool and able to practice many of those skills you mentioned.

    • September 2, 2016 at 10:48 am

      I hear ya, I’m on nights the night before and won’t have much time to prepare! Can’t believe it’s time for school already!

  • August 25, 2016 at 11:02 am

    These are great tips. I’ve been working with my daughter on this. I keep reminding her certain behaviors will not be acceptable once she starts school.

  • August 28, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    This is great! My son starts school next year, and we’re all a little nervous about it. We’ve already started timing his meals because he gets sooooooo distracted. It’s driving us nuts. I love the ideas of checking the weather and working on his fine motor skills. Thanks for our agenda for the next year! 🙂
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    • September 2, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Ah I’m sure he will transition well! Kids are so adaptive to their environment and you’re such a good mommy, I wouldn’t sweat it too much!

  • September 1, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Lovely post, with some really useful tips! My son’s school last year sent home two books every week, one for us to read to him and one for him to read to us and I loved it, it was such a nice routine reading the books together every night, and great for Nerys to sit and listen too. x #KCACOLS
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  • September 2, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    There are some lovely tips here. My little doesn’t start until next year but I have recently started to teach her to write her name. She is loving the opportunity to learn.

  • September 6, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Wow !
    What a lovely post. Very useful and informative content in the post for parents that you have shared. Firstly its very tough to decide the right school for the child. Starting school is an enormous step in a young child’s life, and it’s a big event for their parents too.
    Children certainly are a blessing for the parents.It is important for us to understand how to organize your children and to ensure that they are on a daily routine that is going to be right for them.
    Thanks for the share. Keep sharing and Keep posting.. 🙂
    Keith K. Moffitt


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