At World Around Us Child Care, we’re passionate about partnering with parents to help their kids meet their goals.
Here some resources to help!
Getting Ready for School in Minnesota
At Around the World Child Care, we partner with you and your child to get ready for school. Here are the benchmarks we’re trying to help your child reach before kindergarten – and some ways you can help!
Social and Emotional Skills
Children entering kindergarten should be able to take care of themselves and their personal things, and work independently.
General Social and Emotional Skills Checklist
- Hang coat on a hook
- Put on and take off shoes
- Use the bathroom independently
- Pick up toys and put them in appropriate places
- Follow a daily routine
- Separate from caregiver and adjust to new settings
- Choose activities independently
- Join one or more children in play
- Interact easily with familiar adults
- Begin to recognize and respond to others emotions
- Use words and phrases, such as “Can I play with you?”, or “Please stop. I don’t like that.”
- Show increasing self direction and independence
- Begin to establish a sense of family and tradition
Social and Emotional Skill-Builders
- “I need to feel excited and comfortable about starting kindergarten.”
- Let me know you’re excited about me starting kindergarten.
- Listen to my thoughts and ideas about school.
- Help me pretend I’m in school.
- “I need to feel good about myself.”
- Pay attention to me and listen to my ideas.
- Help me feel good about things I can do.
- Praise me for my strengths.
- Be patient and let me develop at my own pace.
- Teach me that all of my feelings are okay, but not all of my actions are okay.
- Teach me ways to calm myself when I get frustrated.
- “I need to know what kindergarten will be like.”
- Help me learn how to share with children, stand in a line, and wait my turn in a group.
- “I need to get along with others.”
- Show me ways to make new friends
- Help understand how I can be friends with children who are different than me
- Teach me to use words when someone hurts my feelings, such as “Please stop. That hurts my feelings.”
- “I need to know how to talk and listen to others.”
- Talk with me about the things I find interesting.
- Teach me how to know when it’s my turn to speak and when I need to listen.
- Teach me to use words to describe my feelings and needs, and when to use them
Language and Word Skills
Children entering kindergarten should be able to listen to stories and have conversations. They should be able to recognize their name, interact with stories, re-tell stories, and make guesses using pictures. They should also be able to hold a pencil, write their names, and express themselves using pictures.
General Language Skills Checklist
- Listen and understand stories, conversations, and directions
- Start conversations
- Ask and respond to questions
- Recognize rhyming words
- Use a growing vocabulary
- Recognize and name some letters of the alphabet, especially those in their own name
- Guess what will happen next in a story using pictures as a guide
- Begin to show an interest and understanding in written language by asking “What does that say?”
- Use scribbles, shapes, and pictures to represent thoughts or ideas
- Begin to copy or write their own name
Language and Word Skill-Builders
- “I need to be familiar with words and books.”
- Teach me new words.
- Show me words and symbols in my language and the sounds they make.
- Read to me, take me to the library, and bring me books and magazines.
- Sing songs and teach me rhymes.
- Write down my words or stories as I tell you.
Children entering kindergarten should be able to count, sort, classify, create patterns. They should also be able to identify colors and shapes around them and use language to describe math concepts.
Number Skills Checklist
- Count objects, such as cups, when setting the table
- Sort objects by color, size, or shape
- Describe simple shapes
- Identify colors
- Play matching games
- Use language to describe time, such as “today or tomorrow”
- Describe people or objects using “big, little, short, tall, long,” etc.
- “I need to know shapes, sizes and colors.”
- Give me things to short by shape, size or color.
- Help me find and name shapes and colors all around me.
- “I need to learn to count and understand that numbers have meaning.”
- Help me play counting games.
- Let me count things at home.
- Show me how numbers are used around me.
Community Links and Child Development Resources
The White Bear Lake and North Saint Paul communities offer a variety of aid and development resources to parents, and we want to help you get connected to the community resources that will best help you and your child. Contact us today to talk about your child’s needs, and our capable and informed staff will help connect you to what you need.
Here are a few of the great programs offered in our community:
- White Bear Lake School District (624)
- North Saint Paul School District (622)
- Children’s Mental Health Services
- Commodity Supplemental Foods Program
- Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS) Certified Providers
- MN Poison Control System
- Think Small Resources
- Parent Aware Ratings
- Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program
More information that might be helpful to you and your family:
- 10 Tips to Help Children Develop Healthy Habits
- Immunization and Vaccines
- Car Safety Seats Requirements
- Resources for Families Coping with Birth Trauma
Call today to schedule a tour and discover the World Around Us! 651-773-1406