Preparing your child for kindergarten

Parents – it is up to you!  The first few years of life are critical in your child’s brain development.  So make the most of it, because if you wait, it could be too late. The number of words your child knows when entering kindergarten is predicting of their future learning success.

Children are rapidly learning language.  They often quadruple the number of words they know between ages one to two.  However, some children will hear 30 million fewer words than their peers before the age of four.

For 11 years, intervention specialist Brooke Lovett has called the classroom home.

“We would love for them to be able to count. The goal is to count to 30, but if they are able to point and count to 10, we would be thrilled with that,” said Lovett.

Lovett said now is the time to start preparing kids to get them ready for the start of school.

“Kentucky has half of our students coming to school unprepared. We would love for them to be able to come to school more prepared so they don’t struggle as much,” said Lovett.

Kindergarten marks the start of a child’s formal education.  As a mom of five, Missy Miller knows the importance of early education.  Miller suggests incorporating language into everyday activities.

“The skills are going to come, but the reading and lots of language. They are hearing that language in the books you are reading, seeing the books in your hand, learning the value of reading and being life long learners,” said Miller.

Lovett said reading to your kids can make a huge difference.

“Reading 15 to 20 minutes a day is one the most important things a parent can do. It exposes them to vocabulary, helps them understand the concepts about prints and literacy and helps them understand the world,” said Lovett.

A group effort to make sure when your child begins school – he or she is ready to learn and participate.

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