I work with the global population as well as US based parents. I am always asked about “fostering childhood success.” I remind them that I am heavily invested and involved in early childhood care.
Parents need to focus on three key things for early success with their child’s preschool experience.
Three Key Things Parents Can Do
First – Kids need to have exposure to letters and sounds, so parents need to read aloud to their children starting at an early age. It is great to share as many possible books with your young child but also have one old favorite story that you read again and again. Repetition helps a child understand the whole reading and writing process.
Second – Kids need to learn how to take turns. If a child has not had exposure to group settings, kindergarten is very hard for them and their new kindergarten teacher. Make sure kids have play dates that make them share and take turns. Events, where they get to mingle with peers but must wait to take their turn in the jumpy castle or stand in line to get their cupcake, are all learning experiences that help kids function in a kindergarten classroom.
Third – Kids need to know how to use supplies and return them to an organized manner to the location they belong in. Many parents encourage kids to work with letters, puzzles, paper, and paste but then clean up after their child. Kids that can get the supplies they need in a classroom will be more independent in their school work in Kindergarten. The teacher also looks for kids that will help with the flow of the class and a child that returns supplies to their correct area will be seen as a leader or extremely helpful to any teacher.
Note: I hate it when parents use the words “real school” to mean what comes after preschool. As an early childhood development expert – I feel those years of birth to age 5 are the most important in your child’s life.