ai_gsf_0129_11434When your child begins school, her teacher will want her to talk about her thoughts, ideas and experiences. This kind of communication is a very important part of preschool and kindergarten.

Here are some ways to help your child get ready:

  • Get the story behind your child’s drawings. When your child draws a picture, ask her to tell you about it. Then write a sentence or two of her description underneath her drawing. Read her story together.
  • Talk about your own day with your child. For example, say more than, “We’re going out.” Instead, try, “We are going to the grocery store this afternoon. I need to get some fruit and a box of cereal. You can help me pick them out.”
  • Help your child tell a story in sequence. This helps her learn that one event follows another. For example, ask her, “What are some of the things you do after dinner and before bed?” If she’s not sure, say, “You brush your teeth. Then what do you do?”
  • Encourage your child to provide details. Say your child tells you that she went out to the playground with her preschool class. Ask her questions that will help her recreate more of that experience. “What color is the slide?” “Did you like playing on the swings or on the monkey bars more?” “Who was playing with you on the playground?”

Reprinted with permission from the September 2013 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Early Childhood Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2013 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: C. Wright, A Parent’s Guide to Home and School Success: Kindergarten, Brighter Vision Publications.