How can I help my Kindergarten Student?
Parents often ask what they can do to help their children at home. Here are some suggestions on how you can support your child's learning.
- Let your child know how much you love and value him/her
- Provide opportunities for your child to see you reading, both for enjoyment and for information
- Read to your child EVERY DAY. Children love to hear their favorite stories over and over
- See if your child can retell stories in their own words. Encourage them to tell you what happened at the beginning, middle at the end.
- Encourage your child to ask questions. Answer them in the language your child can understand.
- Teach your child to tie their own shoes
- Teach your child their birth date, address and phone number
- Limit the time your child watches television
- Provide rules that are fair, reasonable and easy for your child to understand
- Sing songs and say nursery rhymes
- Have your child practice counting to 100
- Point out words in the grocery store for your child to read
- Encourage your child to make simple patterns with toys or cereal
- Have your child help you sort laundry
- Point out coins and practice naming them and their value
- Do projects that involve coloring and cutting
- Increase fine motor skills by having your child lace or pick up small things. Beads and playdoh are good examples. These skills will help develop the coordination your child uses for writing