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Old 06-11-2004, 03:03 PM   #1
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tips for preparing my daughter for kindergarden

My daughter will be starting Kindergarden this fall and was wondering if there are any tips or suggestions for getting her ready.

She knows how to reconize and spell her first and last name, she knows her phone number and my name. She is learning the letters sounds and doing pretty good at it I even tought her how to add small numbers and she does good job. She can spell and reconize several small words, and she understands and comprehends a lot of things that I didnt know 5 year olds could.

Of course I told her what to expect in school and she is very excited but I was just curiouse if there is thing else that she needs to know to be prepared for school.

Thanks Robyn

 
Old 06-11-2004, 10:45 PM   #2
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Re: tips for preparing my daughter for kindergarden

My best advice on how to prepare her is to simply tell her to go and have fun. So many of their school years will be structured learning. These years are the ones where they learn that school has structure but can also be alot of fun.

I would talk to her about the excitement of meeting new friends, about how they will teach her what she needs to know in school so she doesn't have to worry about knowing it all now, and that learning can be a lot of fun.

I think she knows all she needs to know for a child going into kindergarten. I would just enjoy this last bit of time when you are the center of her world.
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Old 06-12-2004, 03:11 AM   #3
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Re: tips for preparing my daughter for kindergarden

Some of the tips given at my daughters orientation day were, spell her name with only the first being capital, and try to teach them to write it inside regular lines, since when they learn they write it huge, it can be hard to get them into the habit of using lower case letters and writting it somewhat small. Your daughter already sounds like she knows more than enough to start school and have no problems, remember it's their job to teach her all that stuff too, so it's not necessary that she know anything beyond counting to 10-20, recignizing the difference between letters and numbers, knowing address and phone number. Also, something that was suggested is teach her proper handwashing techniques and when to use them properly since keeping hands clean is a key part in keeping illnesses down. Also, if she doesn't have one a morning routine, eating when she gets up, brushing teeth right away, getting dressed right away etc, and of course going to bed earlier if she can't get up at the required time, this is important if she's used to being able to take her time in the morning and doesn't have daycare or a sitter to go to.
Another important thing is (especially if she hasn't been to day care or preschool) to get her socialized. If she's shy at all this can be very helpful. Ger her around big groups of kids as much as possible.
Also, if she hasn't had one and the school doesn't do them (all school in my area do) a vision screening is good to have, since she seems very bright you'd probably already notice any vision problems, but it's necessary to be able to see the board a vision screening will help to tell if she has any problems that your not aware of, it consists of placing a patch over one eye and the tester gives her a card that has the letters on it that are on the chart and she points them out or says them if she can recignize them. They look in their eyes with a little pen light and do a depth perception test, they don't use drops or any big machines to look in their eyes.

 
Old 06-12-2004, 11:22 PM   #4
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Re: tips for preparing my daughter for kindergarden

mommyof4,
I have been telling her how much she is going to have and how many friends she will make, she is very excited and she loves to learn. I have told her many times that learning, making friends and having fun are three of the greatest things in the world and when shes at school she'll do all three.
And you are completley right that i should and am enjoy this last moment of my baby being my 'baby'. You had to put it in such a depressing way.


mandyann26,
fortuntly at her 5 year check-up she was given an eye exam and she has 20-20 vision, I didnt know they did it that young.

She hasnt been in any type of daycare or preschool, so I have been taking to the parks often to socialize and she does a good job, the only problem is is that she can be bossy and rude. I have of course been working on those problems.

All the advice you gave was great thanks. But there is one more thing that I didnt take into concideration when I originally posted and if anyone could help with this that would be great.
I know that my daughter is smart she has been a little advanced since she was a baby, she was mentally ahead of other children her age. But she has a problem with her speech; she doesnt speak as clearly as other kids her age or even her younger sister who is 4. She also has an issue with grammer. I know its not the way I speak because improper grammer is actually a pet-peeve of mine, I sometimes will correct people who are talking to me. So if there is any advice on how to improve her speech that would greatly appreciated.
Robyn

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Old 06-13-2004, 05:32 AM   #5
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Re: tips for preparing my daughter for kindergarden

I think the reason they give eye exams so early is because a child can't learn properly if they can't see. And previously kids who had troubles in school who were diagnosed with vision problems have a very hard time catching up. Kids don't always know they can't see the way they are suposed to and at home they don't have to look at too much that is far away...i'm glad that they do it.

As far as the speech, grammer will come, my 5 (almost 6)year old has terrible grammer, she says things that i don't say at all so i know it's not all coming from me...it will come in time, as she learns about sentence structures, and new words etc...and being around other children who maybe don't have the same grammer issues as her will probably work wonders, kids love to be copy cats. As far as her speech not being as clear, have you taken her to a speech pathologist or anybody to determine if speech therapy is something she may need? Check with the school they may have one there if not take her to the doctor and ask for a refferal, or call a speech clinic to see if you even need a doctors refferal. Often they'll do a screening to determine what exactly is going on.
Another good tip for socializing her is the library, quite often they have puppet shows, story times etc...and they are usualy low cost or free, that will help her getting used to just sitting and listening in a group of children.

 
Old 06-13-2004, 03:41 PM   #6
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Re: tips for preparing my daughter for kindergarden

Thanks for the library idea, I often take her there to get books and I have concidered having her attend the reading groups they have, but I never thought how it would help with listening skills that would be a great thing for her.

I was hoping I wouldnt have to resort to bringing any type of specialist into the matter of her speech but I will have her checked out by her dr and see if he finds it to be problem.

 
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