When Summer began all that I could think about were beach days, barbecues, and sleeping in! But a few weeks into our vacation I realized that my youngest son Jack still needed help with a few of his pre-kindergarten skills. It’s strange to think that he’ll be starting school in the Fall with his older brother and sister. Even though my little buddy won’t be running errands with me, or sharing a bagel on cloudy mornings at the park we will still have some one-on-one time with each other because Kinder is only half days here in Southern California. So the transition won’t be so hard on me… I mean on him, of course.
During this past year, we’ve been working on letters, numbers, colors, and more. Jack also attended a drop off play group twice a week to help him get used to interacting with other kids when I’m wasn’t there. I also wanted him to work on his social skills and learn to sit quietly while listening to a story, raise his hand to ask a question, take turns with toys, etc. This Summer he is also attending the drop off program at the school with his older siblings so that he will be comfortable on campus. If your school has a playground it might be a good idea to visit it this Summer for the same reason.
If you have a little one getting ready to start Kinder in soon, here is a printable checklist of recommended skills that he or she should be familiar with!
Print PDF: Kindergarten Readiness Checklist