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Preparing your child for Kindergarten

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By Meggan Gray – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Excel by 5 is a statewide initiative to help communities become more child-friendly.  Its main goal is helping children grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn.  The best way to do that, is to make sure every child is ready to enter kindergarten by age five.  So, parents, here's a list of what teachers say are essential skills for success in Kindergarten.

-- Good motor skills.  A child should be able to use pencils, crayons, and scissors.

-- Familiarity with the alphabet.  By age five, a child should be familiar with books and words, recognize the alphabet and their first name in print, as well as basic shapes and colors.

-- Strong social skills.  Children need to know how to follow directions from their teachers, be able to take turns, and know how to share with their peers.

-- Time management.  When a child enters Kindergarten, they should be prepared for shorter naps, and be able to complete a task in a given time.

If you work with your children on these thing, it may help the transition from home or day care into a more structured classroom setting go a bit more smoothly.  And by making sure they're ready for Kindergarten, you're giving your child the best start possible in life.

For more ideas or information on how to help your child grow up happy, healthy, and ready to learn, just visit Excel by 5.

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