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I don't have any children but I know that, when I do, I want to make sure I do everything I can to ensure that they'll be prepared for life.  All of that starts in pre-school and kindergarten.  Here are a few tips from kindergarten teachers aimed at giving parents a heads up on some of the most important things they can do with their kids at home.

You can read the whole article RIGHT HERE but the list can be seen below.

1) Read often: One teacher says that not only does reading stories to a child help them get ready to do it on their own, but it also helps them get in the habit of listening to a parent and trusting them. 

2) Get Musical: Listening to music and singing along with your child can help them develop a strong vocapulary and strengthen social skills.

3) Encourage Responsibility: Give them responsibilities like cleaning up after themselves or unpacking/packing their school items at home.

4) Celebrate Childhood: Let your child be a child.  Don't discourage them from being silly or having fun. 

5) Practice Zipping, Tying and Buttoning: This tip is mostly to help out the kindergarten teachers.  There's one teacher and a classroom full of kids so the more your child can handle on their own, the better.  The less time a teacher spends tying shoes, the more they can spend educating your child.

6) Start Conversations: Don't be afraid to have a conversation with your child.  Ask them questions and help them respond in complete sentences.  These skills builders can really help down the road.

7) Get Involved: Ask your kindergartner's teacher if you can volunteer in the classroom but be sure not to put too much emphasis or criticism on your own child while you're there.  Spend some time with all of the kids.

8) Spend Time Together: This should go without saying.  You mean the world to your kindergartner.  The bond you form at this age can go a long way as your child grows.  It never hurts to make them know they are the most important thing in your life.