5 Things I Hope to Teach My Child Before Kindergarten
My oldest son, Xander, turned five last month in February. I swear my husband and I were just picking out baby names and planning the nursery. Before I know it, he will be off to kindergarten. Other than the typical kindergarten readiness skills, there are a few things I hope to teach him this summer.
Xander has always been on the late end of the developmental chart in terms of his milestones. He didn't walk until he was around 17 months old. He took a while to grasp the concept of potty training. Now at five, he still doesn't know how to pedal a bike. While not an academic skill, I am looking forward to continuing to teach Xander how to ride a bike this summer. We live in an area with a lot of wonderful bike paths, so I have great visions of family bike rides this year. After a huge growth spurt this winter, he finally seems to have the leg strength to push the pedals, so this should be a fun goal to work toward.
Just a few weeks ago, Xander finally learned how to snap and zip. In the past, I have tried to teach him, and he quickly became frustrated. Since then, I haven't pushed the issue. One night, while he was putting on his pajamas, he decided he wanted to do it himself, so I left his room to tend to his younger brother. All of a sudden, he came running into his brother's room with a huge smile on his face and exclaimed, “Look, I did it!” Sure enough, he buttoned his own pajama shirt, and ever since then, he does all his buttons.
Now he is struggling to figure out the snaps on his jeans. I don't want him to get to kindergarten having to ask his teacher to help him button his jeans every time he uses the bathroom. I also know his teacher will surely appreciate it if he can do it by himself!
My husband's and my parenting style is nurturing and laid back. We value each member of our family no matter how old they are. Hugs and kisses are given out constantly, and “I love yous” are a must. I hope our parenting style has laid the foundation blocks that are needed for Xander to make friends in school. This summer, I plan to further support his social and emotional growth and skills by continuing to work on turn taking and good sportsmanship through board games.
I currently work in an elementary school as a Speech-Language Pathologist, so I witness firsthand how chaotic and rushed lunchtime is. Since Xander is a very particular eater, I will continue to pack his lunches. I have started to teach him how to open his own food packages, so he will have a very successful first school lunch. Right now, he absolutely despises this, so I'm working on one new item at a time. It's really is a huge transition for him!
Before I even had kids, I always imagined myself teaching my son or daughter how to write his or her name. The name I carefully picked out for them while pregnant. The name they will carry with them the rest of their life. While it's not a kindergarten readiness skill, I hope to teach Xander how to write his first name before the fall. Currently, he knows that it starts with an “X” and can write a few of the other letters. I love the look of pride he has on his face when he writes the letters he does know. When I picture Xander sitting at a desk in kindergarten on the first day of school, he has a No. 2 pencil in his hand and is writing his name just like mommy taught him how to.
If your child is going into kindergarten this fall, do you have anything you plan on working on over the summer?Read More