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Six Things to Teach Your Child Before First Grade

Kids need to learn more than just the stuff that’s on the school curriculum. It’s also important to teach them some life skills, language skills and social skills. Here are 6 things to teach your child before they start first grade.

Six Things to Teach Your Child Before First Grade1. Help your child build strong language skills.

Kids build language skills by listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Have your child tell you a story, and then help them write it down. Let them read the story they wrote along with you. This will help build their confidence and creativity.

2. Teach your child appropriate social skills.

Teach your child how to share, and how to handle anger and disappointment. Your child might not be accustomed to spending so much time in a large group of their peers. Teaching your child some simple do’s and don’ts of social interaction can help prevent behavioral problems in school.

3. Teach your child good hygiene habits.

Teach your child to brush their teeth and rinse properly in the morning, before bed, and after meals when possible. Also teach them to floss. Starting the flossing habit as early as possible can keep them from having very preventable dental problems.

4. Build a relationship of trust with your child.

As your child enters 1st grade, there is a good chance that they will see or be a victim of some bullying.  If you have a strong relationship with your child they will feel more comfortable telling you about problems at school, and you can help prevent hurtful bullying.

5. Encourage physical activity.

Singing your child up for dance, soccer, karate, or swimming lessons is a great way help them build confidence and make friends.  It is also an excellent way to keep them in shape and prepare them for their Physical Education classes.

6. Get your child music lessons.

Research has shown a strong relationship between music education and improved math and test skills.

Your child might not become the Mozart, but they will have a fun time developing a skill that will help them in school and give them a great creative outlet.

The experiences you provide your child, and the lessons you teach them will be a great help as they begin their adventure of education.  The more prepared they are, the more fun this experience will be for them.


Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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