What your Child REALLY Needs Before Kindergarten
What your child REALLY needs before Kindergarten?
Schools out for the summer for the older ones and I bet many parents who are gearing up to send their kids to school for the first time are wondering what can we do to get them ready for Kindergarten.
Alright, I’ve been doing lots of reading about this topic and every article I seemed to find said the same things. What I was finding was literally breaking my heart. So this is what I believe every child REALLY needs before Kindergarten. Don’t worry, I already know the Kindergarten teachers probably won’t agree with me and well, I don’t really care. 😘
We are talking about babies still in the grand scheme of things. 3, 4, and 5 year olds are still so little. They need less worksheets, less flashcards, and more PLAY. I’m talking FREE, unstructured play. Let them move, explore, try new things, fail and learn. Play is how they learn.
And by read, I don’t mean working on getting your little one to read by doing flashcards, memorizing words, or anything that makes your child sit and do worksheets unless of course your child actually likes doing those things.
No, what I am talking about is reading to your child. Read every chance you can get. Read lots of different materials like books, blogs, newspapers, magazines, signs, hell you can even read Facebook statuses ( appropriate ones of course 😂) or put the tv on mute and read the sub titles of their favorite show. Just read to them.
3. Get them OUTSIDE
Go outside as much as possible. Let them run, scream, climb,and be able to feel the warmth of the sun, the breeze in their hair and the grass on their feet. Time outside will increase their ability to focus and all that fresh air will help them sleep better.
4. Spend QUALITY time with them
Put the phones down, turn off the TV, leave work at work, and truly engage with your kids. Build that connection with them.
5. Build Social Skills
Allow your child opportunities to safely and positively engage with new people of all ages. Get them involved with play groups, workshops at local museums/zoos, volunteer together, visit assisted living/nursing homes, etc. Get them around people of all different walks of life. This can help them to build social skills along with teach them empathy.
These are just a few things your kiddo needs before Kindergarten or school in general. So dear mama… relax. Your child will do amazing. ❤️
I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.