Home Skills

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Home Skills . . . what does this mean?  As children enter our academic kindergarten, there are many areas they should be able to do, or are in the process of "working on it." These skills of development are called HOME SKILLS.

Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills needed for success in school to do "writing" are:
  • Zipping and/or buttoning own coat
  • Tying
  • Colors neatly and carefully
  • Uses scissors with control

Throughout the year the students will be using these skills in the classroom. Your child should be given many opportunities at home to practice these skills so they can do them at school confidently.

Large Motor Skills
The development of a child's large motor skills enables him/her to control their whole body to sustain their attention and focus in school. Playground skills such as: running, skipping, hopping, throwing and catching, and climbing. Providing times for free outside play allows these skills to develop. Outside play is also important for VISUAL development as well as the physical development.

Verbal Skills
Being able to speak in sentences and using correct grammar helps children to be well prepared for following directions as well as writing, reading, and test taking. Your child should be able to:
  • Recite their full name clearly
  • Recite their telephone number
  • Recite their address including city and state
  • Retell stories in correct order
  • Recite nursery rhymes
Self-Confidence
Children should have chores to do at home. Chores appropriate for kindergarten students include: folding towels, cleaning their room, caring for pets, collecting the garbage, setting the table, and helping to clean off the table. Following through with the chore until it is finished develops responsibility. Don't accept the excuse, "I can't!" Encourage your child to try new things and reward them for their efforts.

The Importance of Play
Turn off the TV, computer, video games so the children can develop their whole body and mind. Bright minds never say "I'm bored." Allow your child time to think of something to do. Imagination is a wonderful thing. An active imagination creates wonderful stories, increases vocabulary and well-rounded children.

Parent Responsibility
  • You are your child's first teacher.
  • You should be a support to the school for learning and practice at home.
  • You should help establish positive homework routines.  Find a special place at home to do homework.  Set a specific time to do homework.
  • READ to your child and TALK with your child.