How can parents prepare their children for kindergarten socially?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about how to socially
    prepare your child for kindergarten.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: How can parents prepare their child for kindergarten socially?

    Dr. Rene Hackney: To prepare a child for kindergarten socially one of the best and easiest ways just to enroll them in preschool in a year to two before. They learn about sitting at circle time and about taking turns and being nice to person sitting next to them. If you are not enrolled in preschool, which is also a fine decision, the idea would be giving them repeated play dates with the same children.

    So, they have a change to build real friendship and build that interaction with other children. Other things you can be doing socially is taking them on outings and taking them on field trip, so they are getting a sense that the world is bigger than just their bedroom and the backyard.