Encourage Independence For Kindergarten Readiness
One of the best ways we can prepare toddlers and preschoolers for Kindergarten is by encouraging age appropriate independence. We can do this by offering choices that give them the opportunity to decide something for themselves. In doing so we show our children that we believe they are capable of making appropriate decisions. Encouraging follow through in simple directions and working up to two and three steps directions is another skill that will aid in the transition to Kindergarten, some children may grasp this concept quickly and for others it may take some time. Remember that with patience and repitition these skills will come!
Another wonderful way to encourage toddler and preschool age children to become more independent is to include them in appropriate household chores! Toddlers can help with simple tasks such as carrying folded clothes or towels to the drawer or cabinet they belong in. Preschoolers can aid in emptying the dishwasher, gathering up dirty laundry and helping take trash out.