Do you have a preschooler at home? Many parents are busy with the fast pace of life and do not have time to deal with educating their children. In preparation for school, preschool always helps. But what if the preschool is not now? Give a deferment or prepare the child at home?

We’ll give you some tips on how to prepare a great kindergartener for school.

Do you have a preschooler at home? Many parents are busy with the fast pace of life and don’t have time to deal with educating their children. Preschool is always helpful in preparing for school. But what if the preschool is not now? Give a deferment or prepare the child at home?

We’ll give you some tips on how to prepare a great kindergartener for school.

IS MY CHILD READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?

Often times, a parent’s desire to put a child in school is stronger than whether they are ready for such a big step.

Every parent knows their own child and should critically assess the situation, each child has their own pace of psychomotor development.

If you don’t know in the first instance, consult the teacher or head teacher of the nursery school you attend.

It is also worth considering the so-called school maturity test, which you can take as well as visiting the Centre for Educational and Psychological Counselling and Prevention.

It is important to remember that this is a major milestone in our child’s life, where he or she moves from the playful environment of kindergarten to the first year of school, and with this comes responsibilities and demands that he or she has not had to undergo before.

Whereas in kindergarten the child also had time for self-fulfilment and to play as he or she chose, now his or her focus and attention will be needed.

HOW CAN I HELP HIM?

Of course we all know that time cannot be stretched, but good time management will allow us to indulge a little in some essential play activities that also result in practice and preparation for school.

Let’s introduce a couple of them:

Speech and vocabulary

When starting school, the child should already have a sufficient vocabulary and pronunciation. If he/she mispronounces certain syllables, a speech therapist should be seen – the most appropriate age is 5-6 years.

As for vocabulary, the child will acquire it mainly by reading stories and talking.

Read to your child and ask them – what did they see? How does it work? what he thinks about it.

Try inviting him to retell the story in his own words. Encourage his curiosity and when you see that he is interested in a topic, encourage him as much as possible at that moment.

Play a game of ‘telephone’ – your preschooler should already know and be able to define the letters at the beginning and end of a word. Play telephone by saying the word and the other person has to say the word beginning with the letter of the word before.

Creating and developing mathematical ideas

Teach your child to name numbers – sequentially first to 3, to 5, to 10.

You can count anything you have at home – buttons, cars, dolls, animals. You can count outside too e.g. stairs, cars etc.

Try to teach your child shapes like circle, square, rectangle or ellipse too.

It is also good for maths to learn the concepts of big – small, bigger – smaller, long – short, all – nothing

Graphomotorics

Note whether the child is right or left-handed and adapt his activities accordingly. Lead children in activities such as cutting, gluing, drawing, writing, painting with a brush – ideally if they are sitting nicely in a chair at a table.

To practise graphomotor skills, use different children’s books, activity books or worksheets where children practise different lines, shapes, labyrinths, etc.

Developing fine motor skills

Fine motor skills go hand in hand with graphomotor skills.

For example, use buttoning, zipping, games such as mosaics, sewing or beading.

Plasticine modelling is also beneficial.

Memory development

Games such as memory games are good for memory development.

Most important, however, are nursery rhymes and songs, through which the child trains his memory and auditory perception as well as expands his vocabulary.

For example, teach the child to name the days of the week or the months of the year.

Developing the child’s independence

The school environment will be completely new for the child and even routine activities like going to the toilet will be difficult for him/her as so far in kindergarten the children have been helped by the teacher.

Guide the children towards independence:

  • washing themselves, washing hands, letting go of water, flushing
  • dressing, undressing
  • eating, using cutlery, helping to prepare snacks
  • guide the child to clean up and take care of and be responsible for his/her belongings
  • teach the child not to be shy about asking for directions or to remember his/her address and names or telephone
  • number and to use the telephone in emergencies

We can also support the child by watching stories from the school environment, listening to songs, reading and looking at books about school as well as making workbooks for pre-school children.

You can read about workbooks and books suitable for preschoolers in our next article.

Children react differently to school – some are excited, others are worried or scared. If you want to help them with this transition , they should be partially prepared from the start.

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