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.