What Can You Do to Help Your Child Prepare?

Practice sharing:

  • Arrange play dates
  • Play board games
  • Taking turns

Set a routine:

  • At least a week before school begins, start going to bed at a normal time for a school night. Have your child get up, dressed, and fed the way you expect them to on a school day

Teach the importance of listening:

  • Look at who is talking
  • Do not interrupt
  • Think about what is being said

Show your child the importance of learning, by learning at home:

  • Letter play (uppercase, lowercase, sounds)
  • Have you child practice printing their name (starting with an uppercase letter, then lowercase)
  • Reading with your child and asking them questions about what was read
  • Sorting
  • Counting (counting aloud to 10, counting up to 10 objects)

 Encourage independence:

  • Encourage persistence in a task. Encourage your child to calmly ask for help when they cannot find a solution to a problem
  • Leave your child with a trusted adult for a few hours at a time
  • Have your child dress themselves when going outside
  • Expect your child to clean up when they are finished playing

 Invite questions:

  • Give your child confidence to ask questions. Let them know that it is okay to tell an adult if something is hard to understand

More Activities:

  • Sing songs (ABC song, nursery rhymes, days of the week)
  • Draw pictures
  • Colour pictures
  • Trace simple shapes
  • Make simple crafts
  • Play with play dough
  • Use child scissors
  • Lace beads
  • Puzzles
  • Lego
  • Blocks
  • Play outside (running, jumping, climbing, playing with a ball, skipping, etc.)