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Now that I’m a mom, I think about what I need to do to prepare my son’s little body for life. Yes, he’s just barely a year old, but that means I’ve already 1/18th done with him! EEK! There’s a lot to do yet in the 17 years we have left. Add in the fact that I was a teacher for eight years, and my brain is often thinking about ways to make him more successful in his future school “career”. The other day I was thinking about helping him learn his letter and numbers, starting him on reading, and introducing basic math skills (not yet, but sooner than I realize – that first year went FAST!). Then it hit me – there’s so much more I wish my Kindergarten students would have known! So today I share with you the life skills your child needs BEFORE Kindergarten!
I remember playing in a table filled with corn during my Kindergarten year. We also had rest time and art every Friday. However, Kindergarten has changed. Now students are expected to be readers by the end of the year. Teachers simply don’t have time to teach the life skills they used to, so that is why I consider these eight items to be the things parents and guardians must teach before their child enters Kindergarten.
There are loads of articles out there about what academic skills will help your students during their Kindergarten year, but this post is about the life skills your child needs to know before Kindergarten. So let’s get started.