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Getting Ready for Kindergarten:What Parents Can Do
Talk with your child about daily routines and experiencesRead books with your child and talk about the story or informationAsk your child questions
Answer your child’s questions
Encourage your child to speak in sentencesEncourage your child to play and talk with other childrenProvide opportunities for your child to do and see new things. Go forwalks in your neighborhood, visit the zoo, library, and other places ofinterestProvide opportunities for your child to have hands-on experiences todo things in the world. For example: touch objects, pet animals,observe bugs, help with cooking, smell and taste foods, watch cars andtrucks move. Talk about how objects look, smell, and fellAsk your child to follow simple directions and encourage them to domany things independently. For example: getting dressed, setting thetable, preparing a snack.As you read with your child:Read the title on the coverTalk about the picture on the coverPoint to where the story starts and later where it endsLet your child help turn the pagesWhen you start a new page, point to where the words of the storycontinueFollow the words by moving your finger underneath the wordsEncourage your child to move their finger underneath the words asyou readSing rhyming songs with your childRead and recite nursery rhymes with you child. As you read, stopbefore a rhyming word and encourage your child to fill in the blank.For example: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had agreat _____.Around your home, point to objects and say their names. For example:rug. Then ask your child to say as many words as they can say thatrhyme. For example: ball, tall, mal, fall, wallSay three words such as cat, dog, and say and ask your child whichwords rhymeSay silly tongue twisters with your child. For example: Peter piperpicker a peck of pickled peppers.Help your child make up and say silly sentences with lots of wordsthat start with the same sound. For example: Betty bought a big, blueballoon.
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