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Beginning in kindergarten is such an exciting time for your child. It can also be a fearful time for him. There will be new faces, a new environment, new experiences, and significant changes taking place in his life.

Attending preschool is a good way for your child to begin learning what he will need to know to succeed in kindergarten. Being in an environment with other children is also necessary in teaching your child how to work with others and increases his social confidence.

If you choose not to send your child to preschool, there are some things you and your child can work on to help boost his self-esteem as well as give him the edge he needs to succeed in kindergarten.

It is very important for your child to know his last name as well as his first. He should be able to print his first and last name using upper and lower case letters. Some schools prefer to teach manuscript printing, while others teach the D'Nealian style of printing. It's best to contact your child's school to find out which type of printing they will be using. He should know his street address, phone number, his parent's first and last names, recognize colors and shapes, and be able to count to twenty. He should be able to take care of his belongings, and his restroom requirements. Practice having him tie his shoes. Play games that will improve his dexterity. Last of all, read to your child. This is so important. Reading to him at an early age will promote a desire to read and learn.

You should talk to your child about any fears he may have about beginning kindergarten. This will help reassure him that kindergarten is going to be a positive experience where he will make new friends and learn new and exciting things. If your child is still apprehensive, contact your child's school. His teacher will be more than willing to help ease his fears and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding his entrance into kindergarten.