Hi. my name is Anne Glass. I'm a reading and learning specialist at a private school in New York City and I work with Kindergarteners through 3rd graders on Reading, Word Study, and Writing Skills. In addition to be a reading specialist and learning specialist, I'm also a parent and today I'm going to talk to you about topics in reading
To help your child get the most out of his kindergarten experience, you need to make sure he's available to learn. There are several things that you can do to make sure that's the case.
Number one is to make sure that your child is getting enough sleep. Children between the ages of 3 and 6 are supposed to get a minimum of 10-12 hours of sleep per night.
You can support this by making sure that there is a consistent bedtime and bedtime routine. The second thing you can do is making sure that your child is getting good nutrition and is eating healthy meals.
The third thing you can do is to make sure that your child is not watching too much TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children who are school age watch no more than 1 or 2 hours per day. I personally think that's a little bit high.
I think that half an hour is fine in the afternoon just for relaxing, but if you're looking for some downtime, try putting on a CD and having a snack.
The fourth thing you can do is to just talk with your child. That means making eye contact and having an extended conversation and making sure that you're providing ample opportunity for your child to respond thoughtfully and at length, and once he does, make sure to comment back to let him know that you're listening.
And the last thing you can do is to make sure that you can understand what your son or daughter's teachers' expectations are for him and what the school's expectation's are. Good home-school communications are critical at any age.
So, if you do all of those things, your child will definitely get the most out of his kindergarten experience.