What should I be doing to prepare my child for Kindergarten?
Young children are sponges. From the time they are born, to age 5, your kids learn everything from the world around them and from their interactions with others. Those early years are such an important time for a child’s development. Early learning opportunities can spur creative thinking and create a foundation for success going into Kindergarten.
Tips for preparing your young child for school:
- Read to your child every day and ask questions about the story and the pictures. Reading not only feeds their hungry mind, it also helps develop language skills and early reading skills.
- Consider enrolling your child in a pre-school program to help them prepare for a classroom setting and help them develop social skills. Many day-care programs also offer a pre-school curriculum as part of their day. See if your child qualifies for an On My Way Pre-K grant.
- Talk to your physician at each well child visit to ensure your child is meeting developmental milestones. Early intervention for development delays can make a world of difference.
- If you have any concerns about your child’s development, contact Indiana’s First Steps program. They offer discounted speech, occupational and developmental therapy for children ages 0-3 who qualify.
- If your child is beyond the age of 3, your child may qualify for therapy or a developmental preschool program through the public school system or Indiana’s Head Start program.
- Read more about getting your child ready in Learn More’s pre-k magazine here.