As a parent of young children, I'm well aware that there are certain things kids need to know before they start school. As a teacher, I'm also well aware that children develop at different paces and that not all children will possess the same abilities upon entering kindergarten. But after surviving my first week as a kindergarten teacher, I've learned that there are definite skills and behaviors that all rising kindergarten students should possess in order to help both themselves and their teachers.
Here are my...
Top 10 Things Parents Should Teach Their Children Before the 1st Day of Kindergarten
10) Jamming a finger up your nose is not socially acceptable behavior. And eating the evidence makes the act more, not less, unacceptable.
9) Bring home your lunch leftovers so Mom knows you're coming home hungry because you really don't care for ham and cheese sandwiches, not because your teacher didn't give you enough time to eat.
8) There are times when you can talk. And there are times when you can't.
7) Flush the toilet!
6) Silly Bands are a teacher's nightmare. Leave them at home.
5) There are good tattles and bad tattles. Good tattle: Teacher, Johnny sliced my arm with a pair of scissors. Bad tattle: Teacher, Johnny is sitting 2 inches closer to you than I am.
4) The teacher is the boss. I actually have a student whose constant response to direction is, "No, I don't feel like it."
3) Cough and sneeze into your elbow! Or at the very least, not directly in someone else's face.
2) Put on your listening ears. Teachers will lose their voices if they have to repeat themselves 20 times.
1) This one is actually a lesson for the parents themselves: Don't say or do anything in front of your child at home that you wouldn't want repeated to your child's teacher and a room full of little ears.
What else do you think children need to know before they head off to school?