Here are some steps to make your child ready for kindergarten.
Children grows up fast and no sooner you will be see them ready for the kindergarten.The concept of kindergarten was to assist a child in development and not just memorising numbers and alphabets. Children will eventually learn these;so do not feel the pressure when you see around other kids. Think of your childhood and how you grew up without stress in those days. Suddenly do not push your child to kindergarten without making him or her ready for it. The ideal age maybe around three years. Most children are toilet trained by three and confident to follow instructions from others.
Here are some steps to make your child ready for kindergarten.
Name and address game:Play with your child; the name game in an entertaining way for the toddler to accept and absorb it fast. A sing song way of pronouncing the letters of the name while feeding or bathing. Just copy a popular rhythmical song and sing his or her name with each syllable promptly and clearly audible. The other options being initial letter of the name in paper cut-out or simple magnetic alphabets on the fridge. Even writing of the board with colourful chalk encourages them. Other funny way my daughter learnt to tell her parents name was to copy the name who ever called me or my husband instead of saying “Ma” or “Papa”. We requested our parents or friends to call more often by our name. She would just copy it and enjoyed doing so. After a few weeks she could remember and memorize. Now for the address play method worked best. We just had to say whenever we went out from our “bye bye the house name and location”. Amazingly she followed it and would happily say so. Our mission was accomplished without much pressure and struggle.
Lunch box habit : The habit of carrying lunch box and eating out of it is another great concern of mothers. Go out for shopping with your kids and let them select their lunch box. Serve in that box some snacks similar to what you want to give them in school. You can even ask your child to help while you are packing the snack. Do not buy complicated lunch box for your kid. You can even synchronize the snack time of your kid with the pre school timings.
To follow directions: You can start with simple instructions to bring the favourite book to read along or pick up the toy from the floor and put in the box. Go around in circles, stand up and sit down. It is important to speak the basic words words of the language your children will get instruction in the school like stand up sit down. Do not be anxious if your child does not follow, he or she would be more active and conscientious about following them at school. Children are fast to adapt themselves to any language. The game is a game and it should be pressure- free.
Social Activities Step Up: You help your kid with frequent play dates so that he or she is accustomed with playing with other kids. This will make them comfortable with others and help them in interacting with other children. Do not overdo it as it may tire your kid even before attending pre school.
Structure and schedule daily: If you are a working mother you are well aware of the schedule and structuring his or her everyday activity. You have done it to match your convenience. The child is too young to understand it.All you need now is to make the kid aware of structuring. Simple activities like after dinner story time with the books. For a stay at home structure is rather loose as not a priority. Now is the time to incorporate some schedule for your kid to follow. Playtime around evening and after that clean yourself up and dinner and sleeping time. The golden rule is to make your kid a habit of sleeping early by 8.30 at night. The morning hassle of waking the kid for school is simply not there. The well slept child is a happy and chirpy child at morning and ready for school without struggle. This simple routine of early sleep have benefited me immensely. Most of the morning was no struggle for school and deviations proved it.
Self confidence and doing their own stuff: The dependence of child on parents is normal but it is the duty of the parent to teach them the self confidence. You can start by simple things like putting on the pants by themselves, brushing and combing their hair putting on their own shoes and opening them. The sense of self accomplishment would easily prepare them to face the world outside at present their pre school.
Preempting the pre school days: Children now are smart enough. You can speak to your child about the school, friends and fun they have in school. There are plenty of picture books which can assist you in story building. I took my daughter with me around 3 or 4 schools before any admission. After one or two visits she probably got an idea of a pre school. If you have an elder sibling this will not be a great problem as the younger one would be generally eager to follow the elder.
Power of choice: The decision making power is essential stepping stone for a kid. However, small the decision is; do exercise it with your kid. Choices makes the kid confident and they become aware of the situations they are going to face. Simple choices for snacking or what play your toddler would want to play makes them happy and confident. Start at an early age and be sure it will help them in their pre school admissions and latter years.
Separation Anxiety: This is applicable for both parent and child. To make preparation for it place your child in an unknown environment say with your friends kids whom you trust or relatives or cousins even grandparents. Shifting them from their own know place and you not around for an hour or two would make them uncomfortable. Generally kids do not ask for their mama for half an hour or an hour. It is after that their questing and crying starts. Those of whom are caregivers for the kid can distract for few minutes. Please be in a position to return fast if you are called for. Do not make your kid feel forsaken or too traumatised. It should be done well within a limit otherwise it will backfire.
The art of cooperation: This is a slow process and cannot be mastered easily. Do some simple chores like putting the washing laundry of your kid in the wash basket. To take turns while playing with you or siblings. With siblings it is learnt a lot faster. Do not get over anxious if they do not cooperate. Children are known to cooperate with others than with their own parents