Dear Parents & Guardians,
As I’m starting to write this WAG, the wind is howling outside and debris is flying around like crazy. What unusual January weather we have had so far!
On Wednesday, I spoke with the owner of the pre-school. She called to ask what skills we would like our kindergarten students to have by the time they arrive at CWS. It made me smile. Preschool as well as kindergarten really is a time of socialization: to learn how to share toys, how to take turns, how to follow instructions. It’s also a time to grow more independent: How to put things away yourself, how to dress yourself, how to self-regulate when you fall and mom is not there.
Here are some other things I shared with her that students need to practice:
- Balancing on logs (or benches)
- Throwing a ball, catching a ball
- Standing on one leg
- Jumping on the spot
- All other things gross motor
- Cutting with scissors
- Holding a pencil correctly
- Painting with brushes (fine motor skills)
- Crossing your middle (left hand touches right knee, right hand touches left knee)
- Parents/preschool support language acquisition by reading to their child/ren every single night, by singing with them and by practicing rhyming words
If you wonder how important reading to your child is, I would like to share a personal story. My little granddaughter is 16 months old now and her dad, my son, has been reading to her at night as part of her bedtime routine since she was 6 months old. At this point, she is picking her favourite books! She also has her favourite songs.