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Hi my name is Mrs. Jordan. I have taught Kindergarten here at Kerr Elementary for 3 years now. I am married and have 3 fur babies, a yellow Labrador and two cats. I went to the University of Arizona where I obtained my bachelors in Elementary Education with an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL). I have put together a list of things that your child should know/be doing before coming to Kindergarten! Please read through them and let me know if you have any questions! :)
* Be Potty Trained and use the bathroom independently before coming to Kindergarten.
1. Encourage curiosity.
2. Practice writing their first name!
3. Begin learning about letters. Recognizing letters is the first step of reading readiness; understanding the sound each one makes is the next (often harder) leap.
4. Master a few Fry's List sight words. “Sight words” are used frequently and are often difficult to sound out (think: she, said, my, have, here, been, was), so kindergarten curriculums focus on teaching kids to recognize them on sight.
5. Start nailing numbers 1-20.
6. Practice making decisions.
7. Understand how books work. Beginning, Middle, End. Front of book, back of book. Direction of reading.
8. Work on some self-sufficiency skills.
9. Master opening lunch containers. Those Luchables and juice pouches are tough for little fingers. Persistence eventually pays off, so talk about proper usage and reward mastery and consistency.
10. Get the lay of the land. No matter how independent your kid may be, there’s bound to be some separation anxiety on that first day of drop-off. To mitigate some of the misery, you can visit the school in advance, meet the teachers and take pictures featuring your child in the school setting. Hang one prominently in the kitchen and start a calendar count-down.
11. Teach your child how to tie their own shoes. Untied laces are dangerous and teaching shoe tying is no longer part of the curriculum. Kids must learn at home or wear slip on or velcro shoes. The kinder curriculum is intense and every minute counts. Teachers do not have time to tie shoes and due to recent health restrictions, won't.
12. Work on listening skills. In school, she’ll be expected to pay attention to her teacher’s directions. Help her master this skill by giving her fun tasks to complete after following a series of clear directions.
13. Practice story-telling. Help your child master the concept of “beginning, middle and end” by creating stories together. You can cut pictures from magazines or catalogs and come up with a logical story line together to craft a personalized book your child will cherish.
14. Back off a bit. If you’re the sort of parent who’s always leading every game or hovering nearby to make sure they do things “right,” now’s the time to start giving them a little space. “Kindergarten is a big step, and our kids need to know that we have confidence in their success,” says Mascott.
15. Read, read, read and then read some more. The key difference between adult readers and non-readers is whether they were read to as a child. “We’ve looked at MRIs of the brain to show this is fact and not just anecdotal,” Guddemi adds. So read constantly, and not just books: the cereal box, the shampoo bottle, the pasta-cooking instructions. Exposure to all manner of literature is the simplest way to create a reader for life.