How Should I Prepare My Child For Kindergarten?
Young children absorb knowledge like sponges. From the time they are born to age 5, everything your kids learn comes from seeing the world around them and their interactions with others. Those early years are so important for a child’s development. Early learning opportunities can set a foundation for creative thinking and allow them to succeed in Kindergarten.
Tips for preparing your young child for school:
- Try to read to your child every day. Ask them questions about the story and the pictures. Reading not only feeds their hungry mind, it also helps develop language and early reading skills.
- Consider enrolling your child in a preschool program to help them prepare for a classroom setting and develop their 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 child visit to make sure that your child is meeting developmental milestones. Taking action early to correct 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.
- Give your young child the best possible basis for success with resources through Brighter Futures, including knowledge on learning and play, health and wellness, and resources to help find childcare.
- Start saving for their future through an Indiana CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan contest entry here, and start learning more early with the pre-k edition of Learn More Magazine. Click here for more info.