getting ready for toddler to start kindergarten

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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How can I teach my 4 yr old her numbers and letters and colors and write there name etc u know the normal kindergarten stuff to get her ready when she don't wanna learn plz help I'm desperate for info thanks

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Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2014

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Thanks so much on the advice and I will try it cause anything is knowledge to me in trying to get her to learn and be ready thank you again

Ariana - posted on 01/14/2014

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Try to make everything as fun as possible, see if you can make it into a game.

Read lots of books to her. I try to read to my son before bedtime every day (as well as other times, but it helps to have a consistent time like that to make it into a routine as well). During that time you can point out certain letters every once in a while, or numbers if there's a number book.

Check out your library programs too. I took my son to a kindergarten learning readiness program before he went to school. He didn't really need it as much academically as he did socially but I still found it very helpful and they did go over letters and gluing and other skills they'd need. Even just a regular program at the library can be helpful.

Sometimes there are alphabet/colour board games. Or you can make up games. The best I did was just to point things out to them.

For learning to write there name it's best to start with tracing biggish letters. They tend to have more success (because frankly writing is really hard for a little kid). If you decide to make her do something like that try to keep it short and simple, so don't ask her to write her name over and over and over but to work on writing her name once or twice and getting her to comply. Offer stickers for when she's done.

Sometimes the harder you try to force them to do something the more they resist, so if you see it becoming a power struggle it may be time for a new tactic. Also you could go ahead and get her a tutor or put her in a program for younger kids.

If all else fails just continue to repeat letters/colours/numbers in your daily life and read her lots of books.

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