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Is your child entering kindergarten this year? Here are a few tips and activities to help them be prepared for their exciting first day at "Big School" from the Creative Discovery Museum. 

Topics included are provided below. Scroll down for a printable version of the tips and activities. 

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

Gross motor development is important because it uses big muscles which are necessary for coordination. Gross motor activities help develop both sides of the brain and how they work together.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Fine motor development is important because these are the muscles necessary for writing and many other day-to-day activities.

LEARNING COLORS

Along with shape recognition, color recognition is an important step in cognitive development for children. It plays a part in object recognition, and helps a child develop the descriptive language skills that will aid them in communicating more clearly.

LEARNING THE ABCS

Letter recognition is the precursor to literacy. As children learn the letters, they can build on that to learn the sounds the letters make. The next step from there is reading and writing.

FUN WITH MATH

Getting your child comfortable with math early will help them do better as they get older. These simple skills are a good place to start.

INDEPENDENCE

I can do it myself! Independence is the source of self-esteem, but bustling hallways, crowded buses and cafeterias can be intimidating. Support your child to become independent at school by discussing what it will feel like to be part of large groups. It is exciting to be a student in "Big School."

RIDING THE BUS

The world looks different from the window of a school bus. Can your child recognize where to get off the bus?

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In partnership with the Creative Discovery Museum

This is part of an occasional series by the Times Free Press in partnership with the Creative Discovery Museum to provide free resources for children and families during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit the CDM website for more fun activities.

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