He’s already so excited to be going on the bus with his brother. And it’s very sweet, his brother, Brayden, is looking forward to showing him the ropes; he’ll says things like, “I’ll show you where the library is and where to buy lunch.” They’ve always been very close and now I can see it going to the next level. It’s really heart-warming to see them take care of each other.
When it comes to being ready for school, what words of advice do you have for a parent who asks, “what does my child need to be ready for kindergarten?”
As a center director, I always try and re-iterate to parents that being in child care gives children a great foundation for school. So much of what they learn are terrific building blocks that get them ready for kindergarten: From an academic standpoint, children learn teamwork and how to interact in groups of 20. They also learn how to interact with a teacher, and about routines. They get exposure to math, for example, they are taught patterns – how to sit boy/girl, boy/girl. They develop early writing skills starting with scribbling, to learning the pincer grasp and graduating to making straight letters.