In the meantime, to get yourself started here are some questions you can ask. How does your child get along with other children? Can she express herself clearly? Has she learned to take turns? Is she willing to share? Does she know how to stand up for herself without becoming physically aggressive? School is a social experience, as well as academic, and children who get off to a good start socially are much more likely to enjoy going to school.
At home, your child is probably used to having his needs met fairly quickly. But in a classroom full of children -- with one teacher -- that is not possible. He will need to learn to listen to the teacher and follow simple instructions. Teach your child to wait his turn, and don’t be so quick to grant their every desire, this isn’t going to happen in kindergarten, and this can help him avoid this shock. These are skills that you can easily work on at home.
It’s important that your child has a sense of independence, for example, can she take care of her bathroom needs by herself? Can she use a tissue and blow her nose? She will feel more and more confident if she can do things like put a jacket on herself, and take it off and hang it up. Does she have shoes she can remove and put back on?
A child who is well prepared for kindergarten will be much more confident. If your child knows what is expected of him he will get along better with the teacher and the other students, and it will be easier to focus on learning. A positive attitude towards school can begin in kindergarten and hopefully continue throughout his education.
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