Ways to Prep Your Kid for Kindergarten
Your baby is heading off to kindergarten—real school with a real teacher, crowded hallways and (gulp!) math homework. Read on to find out how to get your kid (and more importantly, yourself) ready for this big step.
Start talking to your kid about school early. If you can, attend the school's open house or arrange a tour so your kid can start getting used to the idea.
About two weeks before school starts, start going to bed—and getting up—a little earlier.
Teach your child your name and contact information.
Call the school and ask for a copy of the daily schedule. Start giving your kid meals, snacks and quiet time on a similar schedule.
Practice "napping"—or having quiet time—on a nap mat at home.
For a kid that's never had to ask (or wait) to go to the bathroom, kindergarten can be quite a shock. Teach your kid to ask to use the restroom well before it's an emergency.
Take your kid on a special back-to-school outing
to pick out school supplies and talk about what school will be like.
Set up a school-morning routine (for example, comb hair before Froot Loops) that gets your kids out the door—dressed and ready—on time. Do several practice runs.
Set up a school-night routine that includes homework time.
Practice eating lunch from a sack or lunchbox. Wrap your kid's sandwich and fruit in baggies and let him practice getting them out, eating them and throwing away the garbage.
Read educational books and practice your counting and ABCs at home.