Kindergarten is an exciting time for children, but it can also be a stressful time of change — not just for little ones, but for parents, too. Although each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, most educators and experts agree that four key areas of development are essential for further growth and achievement in school. To help your child prepare for kindergarten and make a smooth transition, here are a few ways to support these key areas of development at home:
• Vocabulary and Oral Language Development: Encourage your child to communicate through words. Have your child tell you a story, asking questions that invite description. For example, if your child says a dog was chasing a stick, ask what color was the dog?