6 Ways Dad Can Help Prepare His Child For Kindergarten

Kindergarten is without a doubt, the most amazing time in a child’s life. The growth seen from the first day of Kindergarten to the last day of Kindergarten is tremendous. Most Kindergarten students will find increased success when both, mom and dad are part of their learning. Prior to even beginning Kindergarten, it is important to start looking at your child’s readiness skills.

There are many ways Dads can help develop their child’s Kindergarten readiness skills. The most important, of course, is letting your child know that he/she is loved. After that, there are more basic things you can do together to demonstrate to your child that learning can be fun!
Working together on activities that involve learning, yet simply feel like “having fun with Daddy” time, are the best.

As a former Kindergarten teacher, here are six activities I recommend all parents consider doing as they prepare their child for Kindergarten. It’s a good idea to begin these activities about 3-4 months prior to the start of school. Of course, every child is unique in their skills and abilities. Be sure to take this into consideration, when beginning to work on some of these activities.

Working with YOU will lead to a more successful Kindergarten experience.

– Practice counting to 10
– Sing or listen to Pre-K counting songs
– Count while in the car
– Count to ten as you take steps or climb up steps

– Practice identifying numbers 0-5
– Play number-matching games
– Hide number cards under a table, then have child find the number you show on your card
– Play number scramble. Call out a number and have child find it among number cards
– Good old fashioned Flash Cards using only numbers 0-5 (you may go up to 10 if your child shows he/she is ready)

– Count objects (1-5), one by one
– Count toy (cars, dolls, stuffed animals, etc.)
– Count toy (cars, dolls, stuffed animals, etc.)
– Count the doors in your home
– Count forks/spoons when preparing for dinner

– Practice saying / singing the ABC song
– Listen to a variety of ABC songs
– Read alphabet books
– Play with ABC puzzles

– Practice identifying uppercase and lowercase letters
– Play letter matching games
– Play a search and find game using letters of the alphabet
– Play simple Go Fish game using letter cards

– Practice writing child’s first name (capitalize the first letter)
– Have child write name in a jelly roll pan covered with a thin layer of salt
– Fill a gallon size bag with blue hair gel. Be sure to seal with postage tape.
– Cover a table with shaving cream and have child write their name over it
– Help child write his/her name with sidewalk chalk

– Teach basic independent skills
– Help your child wash his/her hands independently, especially after using the bathroom
– Help your child learn how to manage his/her clothing after using the bathroom
– Play “pretend” games on how to walk in line
– Talk with your child about sharing and allow time with other children in order to assist with learning to “share”

Enjoy sharing in your child’s growth in learning.



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Cecilia Buckner

Cecilia Buckner

Hi! My name is Cecilia, and I am the proud mom of 2 beautiful daughters. Although, both my daughters are now grown (youngest is in college), I am proud that we were able to successfully raise 2 young women who are respectful, caring, and filled with hope for their futures.
I recently retired from teaching Kindergarten, after 30 years in the classroom. I loved each of my Kindergarteners and continue to see them in the community, working and contributing to our society.
I have a website/blog, where I share everyday "adventures", with my girls, as well as with other friends and family. I hope you will take time to read about some of our adventures, at JustUsGirls213.com

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