How to prepare children for kindergarten

If you have a child who is 4 or 5 years old, now is the time to start thinking about kindergarten.  Some local school districts have already opened registration, with others to do the same soon.

Perrysburg mother Jessica Reddick’s son Matthew will head to kindergarten in August. It’s always hard for parents to watch their kids grow up, but this mother of five has been through this a couple times already.

The now stay-at-home mom was previously a kindergarten teacher, so she knows a thing or two about getting her kids ready for their careers in education.

Matthew is practicing his letters, numbers and writing his name. It’s not just the technical skills he’s working on.

“As a kindergarten teacher, one of the best things a child can have coming into the kindergarten year is just some life and social skills and being able to cope through the kindergarten day,” Reddick said.

Reddick says the best way for children to learn is through play. So get down on the floor and engage with them, modeling some life and social skills like following multi-step directions, problem solving and listening without interrupting.

In addition to reading to your kids regularly, education experts suggest working with them on cutting with scissors and using a glue stick. Also, work on tasks to help them become more independent, like getting dressed.

Most local school districts will open registration over the next couple of months.

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