Making a list is a strategy that many of us use to help with remembering–just ask Santa. While there are other common memory tricks , since it’s almost December, a list seems like an obvious choice. While preschool kids are not burdened with lists like grown-ups, it is important for kids to see how adults do things. Children learn by watching what parents and caregivers do and by listening while adults talk to others.
If you need to make a list today, tell your little one what you are doing, “I’m making a list to help me remember all these things.” Maybe you and your child can point to the items and count them outloud. You may be able to draw a few pictures and have your child help ‘read’ your list. This is more long-term than just readiness for kindergarten.
Modelling, that is showing by doing, is an effective way of helping your child learn. And kids need much more than academic learning for kindergarten readiness. What’s on your wish list when it comes to what you want to know about kindergarten readiness?