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How to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

Your children are soaking up information left and right as they grow. As a parent, you read aloud to your children, play games, and sing songs to teach them letters and numbers, and you actively work to make learning fun for them. Starting kindergarten is the next big step in child development. So what are the things your children should be able to understand by the time the first day of kindergarten comes?

Age of Learning, Inc., conducted a survey and found that America’s kindergarten teachers believe most young children are unprepared for school when they enter kindergarten.

Age of Learning, Inc., conducted a survey and found that America’s kindergarten teachers believe most young children are unprepared for school when they enter kindergarten.

To explore this question in depth, Age of Learning, Inc., conducted a survey and found that America’s kindergarten teachers believe most young children are unprepared for school when they enter kindergarten. As a way to help address this issue, the learning experts behind the award-winning ABCmouse have created a list of things that parents should be aware of when readying their children for the first year of elementary school:

Oral Language Skills. Your child should be able to speak clearly and understand what others are saying. Specifically, he or she should be able to have a conversation, speak in complete sentences, have an understanding of requests, instructions, and identifying numbers, and be able to describe things in his or her environment.

Literacy. Before the start of the kindergarten school year, emerging students should be spending time with books so they can understand that books have titles and authors, that words are read from left to right and from top to bottom, and that illustrations can help with context!

ABCmouse is a helpful tool that parents can use throughout preschool, while getting their children ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Learning the Alphabet. Children should practice being able to say the alphabet in order, naming an uppercase or lowercase letter of the alphabet when they see it, and pointing out a specific letter when asked.

Beginning Phonics. Young children should have some understanding that the letters of the alphabet represent different sounds and that these sounds are not the same as their names. Learning to Count. Teachers recommend that children know how to count up to 10 items before starting kindergarten.

Learning to Count. Teachers recommend that children know how to count up to 10 items before starting kindergarten.

While there is no national standard for Kindergarten Readiness (KR) and state standards vary in their requirements, there is common ground regarding benchmarks across United States school districts in Language and Literacy, Cognitive Skills and Math, and Physical Health and Motor Skills.

Crafted by educational experts, the design and content of ABCmouse’s curriculum teaches your child and gets him or her ready for the first days of school by focusing on six specific aspects that are associated with success in kindergarten. ABCmouse prepares your child for when school starts by:

Supporting engagement through topics that appeal to kids. Illustrations, art, music, and writing bring learning to life and books draw children in through animations, songs, and games.

Cultivating persistence by offering children activities that vary in length and difficulty so they can build stamina and feel satisfied when they accomplish an activity.

Encouraging curiosity through an interface that invites exploration by introducing children to characters like Ivan the Inventor and Professor Hester, and through content such as the Search and Explore series.

Fostering a positive self-concept that gives children opportunities to succeed while learning. It is also reinforced as they pick favorite games, personalize their Avatars, and choose decorations and furniture for their rooms.

Supporting development of self-regulation through a child-friendly interface that gives kids control of their own learning experiences

Nurturing self-confidence by giving children Learning Activities that they can complete, learn from, and succeed in.

ABCmouse is based on a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.

ABCmouse is based on a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. It gives children control, makes learning seem like a game, and emphasizes oral vocabulary development throughout–one of the most important elements of successful learning in kindergarten and the primary grades. From language arts, to social studies, reading, writing, math, and more, kids learn best when subjects match their interests and the process is interactive and engaging.

So have a great summer while learning with ABCmouse, and know that it can help make your child’s transition to kindergarten a success. Before you know it, your child will be graduating from high school!