What parents should be doing now to prepare their children for Kindergarten

What parents should be doing now to prepare their children for Kindergarten

Preparing your five your old for Kindergarten is a significant milestone in growing up Happy, Healthy, and ready to learn. In a matter of weeks, tears will be shed by both parents and their little ones as they venture into the classroom for that first day of school. Experts say you can help ease your child's separation anxiety by going to an open house at their school, so they can familiarize themselves with the classroom. Also, reading stories to them about Kindergarten will help ease their worries.

In these final weeks of summer, it's a good idea to refresh their skills, those tasks needed to ensure success in their first year of elementary school. Those include good motor skills -  child should be able to use pencils, crayons, and scissors. Your son or daughter should also be familiar with books, and words, recognize the alphabet and their first name in print, as well as basic shapes and colors.

They should also know how to follow directions from their teachers, be able to take turns, and know how to share with their peers.  And finally, when a child enters Kindergarten, they should be prepared for shorter naps and be able to complete a task in a given time.

Next week, Long Beach School district is hosting its first Kindergarten camp - an opportunity for five year olds to get the whole "big school" experience. That will be July 13 through July 17 from 8 - 11:30 am at both Quarles and Reeves Elementary Schools.

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