9 Skills Your Child Should Master Before They Start Kindergarten

1. Getting Along With Others

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Some of the longest lasting friendships begin during a child’s first years in school. Also, by now your child should be know the importance of good manners, sharing, and showing respect and empathy for other people. After all, kids should know that the world doesn’t revolve around them and their needs and that making long lasting friendships are incredibly important.

2. Write Their Names

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Ideally, the children will write their first names from left to right with a capital first letter and the rest lower case. At the very minimum, though, they need to be able to write some form of their first name that is recognizable to the teacher.

3. Basic Chores

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It’s never too early to start helping around the house. Kids ages 4 to 5 should be able to help weed a garden or rake leaves. In addition to taking care of their rooms or personal space, help your kids create a habit of keeping a tidy home. This can include chores like vacuuming, dusting, cleaning and lawn care. Learning that a clean, organized home doesn’t happen magically will go far towards raising a responsible, self-sufficient young adult.

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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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