Now that your preschooler is about to embark on one of life’s many milestones—Big School (or elementary school), it is only commonplace that you contemplate on whether or not you have done the best you can to prepare him for it. Below is a parent’s guide to helping a preschooler prepare for Big School, ensuring that you identify the skills that most schools deem necessary for any first grader:
Most first graders are expected to be able to read and comprehend simple text. If your child is already starting to read, you can enhance his skills by creating more opportunities for him to read. These can include posting notes or leaving short messages on a board, reading labels or ingredients of everyday items, reading aloud and pointing to the words as you read.
You can help your child improve this skill by giving him simple chores. Make sure, though, that you give specific and clear instructions for your five or six-year old child. Some examples would be asking him to get the red bag on the table next to the refrigerator, match the socks from the laundry basket and fold them together, and things like these. If you feel that your child may still be struggling to comprehend your instructions, you can help him by showing him how to do them first.
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