Kindergarten registration is in full swing across the country, and parents of preschoolers everywhere are starting to wonder if their little darlings are ready for the big bad world of elementary school. Don't go it alone — take advantage of the wide world of resources available at your fingertips to be sure your child is prepared when he or she heads into the kindergarten classroom next fall.

Read, Read, Read

According to veteran kindergarten teachers, reading to your kids is hands down one of the best ways to prepare them for school. Start with classic children's books, throw in a few that are specifically about starting school and, if you have time, consider working through a page or two of an activity workbook every day. Here are some of the best reading resources to get you started:

Choose Educational Programs and Technology

We all know that too much screen time isn't good for kids, but there are videos and other technology that can actually help them learn.

Which Websites Are Worth It?

Wondering which online games and activities will actually help your kids learn what they need to know? The following websites always make the top of most educators' lists:

  • Starfall.com is a free website that helps children learn to read through phonics.
     
  • ABCya.com offers free educational games for elementary ages, including kindergarten.
     
  • ABCmouse.com requires a monthly subscription, but the progressive early childhood curriculum is popular with both the preschool set and educators.

When it comes to preparing for kindergarten, there's A LOT for parents to think about — and it's not all academic. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that children who arrive with a love of learning and a desire to explore new things, as well as the social and emotional skills to succeed in the classroom, are almost always better off than those who have simply been drilled on their ABCs.

Do you have a child headed to kindergarten next fall? How are you making sure that he or she is prepared?