Follow these tips for learning at home—you’ll see a world of difference in your kindergartner’s academic achievement.
Starting school is a major milestone in your child’s life. There will be new people, new rules and new relationships to develop. Teachers will play an increasingly important role. But you will remain their most influential teacher. Children need their parents to take an interest in their learning; to help them when they’re struggling and to show pride in their success. The more involved you are, the better your child will do.
Learning to read and write is one of the main focuses of kindergarten. Typically, children will learn all the letter names and sounds, and then be taught to put these sounds together to make words, like /d/ /o/ /g/ for dog. In addition, there are a number of high-frequency words, such as the, all and were that do not have regular, predictable spelling patterns so they must be memorized. Reading familiar books to your child, and pointing to the words as you go, will help your child learn these high-frequency words.
Starting school opens up a whole new world for your child. The focus is naturally on reading and writing, but children learn so much more—including working on their own and becoming independent thinkers. At this age learning is fun, and with your encouragement it can remain so throughout their school years.