Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten


Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten


We want to welcome you and your child to Liberty Hill Elementary. Beginning kindergarten is a very exciting and emotional time for your child. In order to make this transition easier for you and your kindergartener we have created a list of activities you can do at home this summer to prepare your child for their kindergarten experience.

1. Practice writing his/her first and last name.

-Have your child practice writing his/her name with a variety of tools (i.e. markers, crayons, pencils, Magna Doodle, etc.)

-Make sure that your child is gripping the writing utensil correctly.

-Have your child write their name in shaving cream, rice, or sand.

-Make sure your child uses a capital letter only at the beginning and lowercase letters for the rest.


2. Practice recognizing and writing the letters of the alphabet.

-Sing the alphabet song with your child and point to each letter as you sing.

-Read alphabet books together.

-Practice recognizing the letters in the alphabet (both capital and lowercase).

-Practice writing the letters in the alphabet (both capital and lowercase).

-Explore the alphabet with magnetic letters, alphabet blocks, and letter tiles.


3. Practice book handling skills

-Practice opening the book from the front. Point out the front of the book and the back. Discuss the front of the book is where the story begins and the back is where the story ends.

-Explain to your child how to hold a book so that it is not upside down and tell them where to start reading the story.

-Use your finger as your read to show your child that you read from left to right and top to bottom.

-Read with your child on a daily basis.


4. Practice recognizing colors

-Practice recognizing red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, gray, pink, and brown.

-Ask your child what colors they are using as they are coloring.

-Discuss colors you see on a daily basis (i.e. sky, grass, clothing, toys, etc.)


5. Practice recognizing and drawing basic shapes

-Help your child recognize a circle, oval, square, rectangle, rhombus, and triangle.

-Look for objects around your house or community that resemble the shapes listed above. (i.e. “A traffic light has three circles.”)

-Have your child draw shapes on paper or a dry erase board.


6. Practice cutting on the lines and coloring within the lines

-Have your child practice cutting with scissors by cutting pictures from magazines, cutting coupons, etc.

-Have your child practice coloring within the lines neatly when using crayons, markers, and paint.

-Have your child draw simple pictures (self portrait, family portrait, house, etc.)


7. Practice memorizing birth date, phone number and address

-Make up a song, rhyme, or rap to help your child memorize their birth date, phone number, and address.

-Write letters to family and friends and have your child help you write your address by telling you what to write.

-Use a play phone to help your child remember your phone number.


8. Practice counting orally and counting objects to 10

-Count how many steps you take to go to the car, bedroom, door, etc. Find any reason to count.

-Have your child count groups of ten as they touch each object. For example, have him/her count how many goldfish they get for snack or how many toy cars they are playing with.


9. Practice recognizing and writing numerals 0 to 10 (or higher)

-Have your child practice writing numerals 0 to 10 with a variety of tools (i.e. markers, crayons, pencils, Magna Doodle, etc.)

-Point out numbers you see around your community (i.e. license plates, road signs, at the store, etc.)

-Have your child write numbers in shaving cream, rice, or sand.


10. Practice dictating stories and writing.

-Have your child dictate a story to you and you model writing their story on a piece of paper.

-Have your child draw pictures and tell the story that goes with their picture.

-Have your child practice writing on a piece of paper.