School readiness has become quite the hot topic, and it can feel really overwhelming for parents! Although school is very different than 20 years ago, it’s not as terrifying as you think. Foundational skills that help your child become a strong learner is highly valuable. Building your child’s school skills can be easily woven into your day-to-day routines. Here are my 5 tips you can apply right now!
1. BOOK EXPOSURE:
Reading is a BIG kindergarten topic now that it’s expected during the kindergarten year. It’s something that can’t be forced, though. The best things you can do are to expose your kids and let it be fun. Incorporate reading to your kids into your regular routine if you haven’t already. It can be every night before bed, first thing in the morning, both or another time! You also don’t always have to be the one reading. Older siblings and/or grandparents make great readers, too 🙂
Going to the library or joining a book delivery service (like literati) does wonders for your little one’s reading in the long run. Providing a variety of exposure introduces them to topics they may not “think” they like and really allows reading books to continue to be an adventure.
2. PLAY Board games & Card games
Board & card games are great for a number of reasons. They often include several skills like matching, counting and ordering. All of these strengthen the foundation for strong math and problem solving skills. Matching will help with reading down the road, too. Patterns are another common thing in board & card games. Patterns are huge in math and reading development!
3. DRAWING + FINE MOTOR:
Developing your child’s fine motor skills helps them with their writing skills down the road. There’s a whole lot that goes into the actual content of writing, but the physical aspect of writing is a thing of its own. Anything you can do to foster their fine motor skills is great. This includes drawing (yep, scribbling), picking up small toys with pointer & thumb, using tongs, play-doh, squeezing sponges, water games, sensory bin activities (sand, rice, etc.).
Basic communication skills are huge at school! Simple excuse me’s, please, thank you, I don’t like when you say that, I feel ____, can I please have some help right now? All of these are helpful things for your child to be able to articulate not only to their teachers but also to their peers. You can foster these skills simply by modeling & verbalizing them to your child.
Loving on your kid and being a safe, consistent space for your child is the best foundation you can lay. Exposing them to a variety of (age appropriate) things and not stressing about school skills makes a huge difference. When you start to get stressed wondering “am I doing enough to foster my child’s development and learning?” – take a deep breath, take a step back and love on your child.
Looking for more specific strategies and things to work on? Wondering if X thing you do with your little one is helping or hurting? I’m always a click away. Schedule your initial consultation with me by clicking here. I can’t wait to support you!