“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14
At Weekday School, we begin each school year with a “Me” unit that encourages children to learn and tell others about themselves. While many children may learn about themselves in informal, everyday conversations, intentional instruction at home and school is also important. Check out our list of recommendations for personal information preschoolers can and should know as they march into kindergarten:
- Their name: Have your child practice reciting their name to you and others when asked, including their first and last name.
- Their gender: This may sound obvious to adults, but younger preschooler can get confused and can confuse the pronouns “he/him” and “she/her.”
- Their age and their birthday: Posting a calendar at home an marking a child’s birthday with a special sticker provides a concrete way to show when a birthday is coming since most preschoolers do not yet understand the concept of time.
- Their body parts: From a very young age, parents begin teaching children to point to their nose, their eyes, etc. In the preschool years, it’s great to add more subtle details and new vocabulary. Try elbow, shoulder, knee, neck, eyebrow, wrist, etc.
- Their parent’s name: Mommy’s name is not just “Mommy.” Teach your child the real names of your family members. But remind them to use respectful names for parents and grandparents.
- Their allergies: At WDS, we pay careful attention to children’s allergies. To add support, teach your child how to manage minor allergies themselves when appropriate - like washing their hands after petting a cat. For allergies that can result in major health risks, it is good for a child to be able to specifically inform others of his/her own allergies an what types of things to avoid handling or eating.
- If your child is in our 4 Day program, we recommend you begin teaching them their home address, their phone number, and how to answer the phone.