Your child is old enough but how do you know they’re actually ready for Pre-K? You may be practicing the ABC’s and 123’s but these are the Pre-K skills your child really needs to know. Use this free printable to help your child become independent and ready for school.
I cannot believe my little “baby” is going to start pre-k in less than a month! I blinked and she suddenly went from infant to little girl! I’m excited for her though because I know she’s going to love it. This is despite the fact that she’s told me that all she plans to do in school is draw pictures and play on the playground!
While we’ve been practicing her ABC’s and 123’s, we’ve also been learning some equally important skills. These are the ones that will help her make it through the day independently. You may take it for granted that your kids can do these things. I might too if I hadn’t been a Kindergarten teacher for so long. Even in Kindergarten, I occasionally came across students who didn’t have these basic skills. As a teacher, I certainly never minded helping my kids when they needed me. However when you have up to 25 students, that takes up a lot of time, even with a para-pro to help out. So before you send your little sweetie off to school, ask yourself these five important questions…
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Is my child 100% potty trained?
Of course your child is potty trained by now. However, does your little one still ask you for help with the baby wipes after going #2? Mine does, even though I have taught her to do it herself. It’s fine if your child still asks for help at home but just be sure they can take care of their own potty needs when you’re not around.
Can my child change clothes independently?
Accidents happen and if your child has one, will they be able to go in the bathroom and change their own clothes? Be sure that spare outfit is one that your child can easily change into.
Can my child blow his/her nose without help?
This may sound funny but every year I had a few students who couldn’t blow their own noses without an adult holding the tissue. We would teach them of course, but it sure is easier if they already know, especially before cold and flu season hits!
Is my child able to snap/button pants and shorts? Buckle the belt?
Some of those snaps can be pretty tricky and I had to help with this a lot. It certainly helped when kids came to school in clothes they could fasten themselves. The same thing applies to belts. If your child is going to wear one regularly, have a mini-lesson at home on how it works.
Can my child button/zip/snap a winter coat?
Some days we spent so much time buttoning and zipping coats that it cut into valuable recess time (and trust me, the teachers like recess as much as the students do!). The coats with interlocking zippers at the bottom are especially tricky and little ones can get frustrated trying to figure it out.
Spend a little time on these things at home, if you haven’t already. You can even give your child a reward when they’re able to accomplish all these things on their own and I’ve made this “I Can Do It” printable to help keep track. Have your child practice these skills and when they’ve done each one independently five times, it’s reward time!
This time our reward will probably be ice cream but what I love about my four year old is that rewards don’t have to be big. She’ll do pretty much anything for me in exchange for a shiny new penny to put in her piggy bank! Trust me, I’ll enjoy that while it lasts…because I’ll blink again and she’ll be asking for tens and twenties!
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