9 Skills Your Child Should Master Before They Start Kindergarten

All parents want their kid to be prepared for kindergarten. Heck, I was even thinking about my children’s college careers while they were still in the womb. And many of us turn to preschool and pre-K educational products hoping for an advantage. But the truth is, kindergarten readiness is less about the ABCs and 123s than you might think. What really makes for a successful start to schooling has nothing to do with books, numbers, facts and figures.

Kids should know some basic life skills before their first day of school. Luckily, teaching these skills and concepts aren’t as difficult as they may first seem. In fact, school-readiness skills (like learning to share, showing empathy and even learning how to write your name) are best taught in small doses with repetition over months and without pressuring your child.

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Here are 9 skills your child should know before Kindergarten

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Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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