You may have mixed emotions about sending your kid to kindergarten. While it is an exciting time to see them grow up and go to school, it can also bring feelings of concern. You may be worried about if your kid is truly ready to start their formal education and if there is anything you can do to help prepare for them for their first year. Here are some tips that will help give your child a head start on kindergarten.
Send Your Kid to Preschool
If your kid is not already attending preschool, it is something you should seriously consider. Preschool helps a kid get accustomed to the routine of being in a structured classroom setting, which may be brand new to them. If your kid has never been away from home, preschool can also help get them into the routine of going off to school every day. They'll start meeting new friends as well, some of them that may even be in their future kindergarten class.
Private preschools in your area will offer full and half-day programs that will best work for your specific needs. Private preschools tend to even be flexible with how many days you want to enroll your kid as well.
Play Family Board Games
Board games are a great way to teach your kid about taking turns, waiting on others, and socializing in a group setting. If they are not used to that kind of structured play, it is a good idea to introduce it to them before they start kindergarten. In addition, it's a great way to spend time as a family that gets everyone involved.
Set Up Playdates
Thanks to social media, it is easier than ever to find parents with kids in your area that are the same age. Use the groups that you find to set your kid up on playdates with other kids that are about the same age. You may discover groups of parents and toddlers that are doing something as simple as getting together at a local park.
Playdates will help your child with learning how to play with others in a group setting. If you do attend, encourage your kid to play with others instead of going off to play on their own.
These are just a few ways that you can get a kid ready for kindergarten. You will be surprised at how these things can make such a big impact.