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Preparing children for Kindergarten

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By Meggan Gray – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - With children in south Mississippi just going back to school, it's definitely a good time to remind parents of little ones what they can be doing now to make sure their toddlers are ready for Kindergarten when they turn five.  Here's a look at some of the skills teachers say are essential for successful entry into Kindergarten.

  • Good motor skills - Work with your toddler so he or she is comfortable using pencils, crayons, and scissors.
  • Familiar with alphabet, shapes & colors - Before starting Kindergarten, a child should also be familiar with books, and words, able to recognize the alphabet and their first name in print, as well as basic shapes and colors.
  • Follow directions - They should also know how to follow directions from their teachers, be able to take turns, and know how to share with their peers.
  • Short naps & complete tasks - By the time they're old enough for Kindergarten, children should be prepared for shorter rest times, and be able to complete a task in a given time.    

It's never too early to start preparing your little one for that very emotional first day of school. If you work with your children on these things, it may help the transition from home or day care into a more structured classroom setting go a bit more smoothly.

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