It's time for week 3 of Get Ready for K Through Play! If you joined us for the last two weeks, then you know that this is an 8 week series with some of my favorite bloggers that will give you all the tools you need to prepare your child for Kindergarten in fun, hands-on ways. Each week, we are going to focus on a different Kindergarten readiness skill. This week we are focusing on Practicing Independence Skills that will help your child to be more independent in Kindergarten and at home. I will share some ideas for chores for kids.
I have found that a great way to help kids with practicing independence skills is to start at home. There are so many things kids can do for themselves at home. Having them practice being a productive member of the household will boost their confidence in this area and allow them to feel more capable as they enter the Kindergarten classroom.
Kids are natural born helpers. They love to be useful and feel big. But so many times, we as parents will do things for them that they can do themselves. I am guilty of this. I find myself doing things for my child because it's just quicker and if I do it, I know it will be done right. But this is no way to build a child's confidence in their ability to take care of themselves. I have a come up with a number of chores for kids that I think most four/five year olds should be able to do independently and we have starting working on these skills as we get ready for K.
Set their spot at the table
This doesn't have to be anything elaborate, just a plate, utensils, napkins and a cup. Since my kids use kids plates and cups there is no danger of anything breaking.
Clear the table
This includes throwing any leftover food in the trash and placing their dish and cup in the sink.
Placing dirty clothes in the washer
In the past my kids would just take off their clothes at the end of the day and leave them on the floor of the bathroom. And then I would pick them up and bring to the washer if you can believe that. Well, no more!
Sort clothes from the dryer This can be a fun game for the kids as they try and match up socks and check the sizes of clothes and put them in piles - size 4 for the twins and size 3 for their sister.
Cleaning up their toys and putting them in the correct spot
My kids usually clean up before bed, but their idea of cleaning up is just getting toys out of sight and shoving them wherever there is room. Since we have been working on being more independent, I have labelled more areas in the playroom and asked them to return their toys to the proper spots.
Making their bed
This is a great habit to get into each morning. It's something that a four or five year old can do. It doesn't need to be done perfectly or how you would do it. If I see a blanket spread out and a pillow and stuffed animals on the bed, I consider it a win.
Getting their own art supplies and putting them away
They will be doing a lot of this at Kindergarten so why not start at home. If you have a low shelf you can organize art supplies in a basket so kids can reach them. Be sure to also check out Kids Playroom Organization Tips.. When they are finished working, they can place them back where they came from.
Hopefully, by the end of the summer, your child will have mastered these skills at home. Just think of how independent they will be feeling. They will be fully prepared to exhibit that same independence in the classroom as they make the transition to Kindergarten. So get them practicing independence skills today.
Be sure to visit the following bloggers and check out their Independence skills posts:
Everyday Ways to Foster Independence from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
3 Independent Skills Your Child Needs for Kindergarten from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Teaching Kids Independence: Learning How to Ask and Offer Help from Mama Smiles
Transition Time: Teaching Kids to Successfully Move from One Activity to Another - Toddler Approved
Motivate your kids to do chores with these fun chore charts. You get 4 chore charts for boys or girls in this bundle. If your child likes space, baseball, dinosaurs or fire trucks, they will love these printable responsibility charts.
Each chore printable has a fun theme and has a place for your child to write their name. There are spaces for you to write daily chores and weekly chores. You can personalize the chores that they will be doing by writing those in. If your chores change from week to week, no problem! Children check off each chore on the day they do it. This is an easy and fun way to get kids to help out around the house! Get your chore charts here.