As you work with your child, while he or she is in kindergarten, you may want to conduct a few simple exercises that may help develop important skills at this age.
1. Ask your child to count, out loud, with you from 1 – 30. This is a fundamental skill your child will need throughout school and here is where the foundation is laid.
2. Ask your child to read a book, on a kindergarten level, to you several times over the course of a few weeks. Help your child with words as needed or read some of the words together. As your child is able to read more and more of the book by his or herself, CONGRATULATE him and encourage him to keep reading.
3. Ask your child to complete several handwriting worksheets for kindergarteners. You can ask your child’s teacher for extra worksheets, search for free worksheets on the web, or purchase a workbook. Either way, you will be helping your child practice his or her handwriting skills.
These are just a few of the exercises you can do to help support your child’s development in kindergarten. For more information, please see Ten Things Your Child Should Know about Reading, Writing, and Math (Pre-K – 5th Grade).