Kindergarten is a big step in a child’s academic life. Whether they are enrolled in an early childcare center or they have never stepped foot in a classroom, all children will be attending kindergarten. Preparing them can help make the transition easier for them and allow your kiddos to enjoy their time in school.
There are many skills your children should have and many things they should know and be able to do by the time they get to kindergarten, from social skills to knowing the alphabet. There are also many ways that you can help prepare them for this next step in their lives.
At Montessori School of Chantilly, we offer early childhood education programs that can help your little one learn and grow. Our programs include early childhood, pre-primary, primary, kindergarten, and summer camps. We believe that allowing your child to get more classroom experience before starting kindergarten is important and can help prepare them for this stage in their life.
But there are many other ways that you can help prepare your child for kindergarten. In this blog, we are going to give you some tips so that you can help your kiddo get ready for this next phase in their academic career.
Plan a Visit
Nothing is more intimidating for a child then being dropped off at a place they have never been before. Planning a visit to your child’s kindergarten can help them get familiar with the classroom and the school as a whole. When you visit their classroom before the school year starts, they will be more likely to look forward to going back and be much less nervous on the first day. Contact your child’s kindergarten to schedule a visit a few weeks before the year starts. If your child will be attending Montessori School of Chantilly, you can contact us to schedule a tour here!
Create a Routine
A routine is important when it comes to preparing your child for kindergarten. To help prepare them for this next step, starting a nightly and morning routine can be extremely beneficial. During the summer, you may let your child stay up later, but as the school year draws nearer, try to bring their bedtime back to an earlier time so that they get plenty of sleep before heading to kindergarten. Your child may be confused as to why they have to go to bed so early suddenly, so try to explain to them that you are helping them get ready for the beginning of the school year.
You will also want to create a morning routine. Putting a morning routine in place will help ensure they are not late to school and allow them to get used to the school routine. A morning routine can include eating breakfast, packing a lunch, getting dressed, getting their backpack together, and walking or driving to school. Practice this morning routine with your child a few times before the year starts in order to get used to this schedule and figure out exactly how much time they will need in the morning.
Knowing The Basics
Before your child starts kindergarten, there are a few basics they should know. In a previous blog, we covered this more in-depth. But there are many other things that they should know before they start kindergarten. These include:
- The basic colors
- The basic shapes
- The numbers up to 10 and recognize them out of sequence
- The alphabet (lowercase and uppercase) and recognize them out of sequence
- The basic coins
These are only a few of the many things that your child should know before they start kindergarten. Be sure to work with them on their numbers, letters, colors, and naming different objects. The more they know, the better!
Your child will likely be nervous as they head to kindergarten, whether they have been in childcare before or not. Help confront and calm their nerves by reading books about going to school and telling them about your favorite parts when you were a kid. Most kids will be nervous but give them something to look forward to and talk about how exciting school is.
Enroll Them in Child Care
If your child is not quite at the kindergarten stage yet, enrolling them in other childcare programs can help them learn what it’s like to be in a classroom and become more comfortable with the idea of school. This is a great way to prepare them for the next big step in their academic life.
At Montessori School of Chantilly, we offer different childcare programs including kindergarten. Our other childcare programs can help prepare your kiddo for kindergarten and allow them to learn everything they need to know. Contact us today to learn more!