Starting Kindergarten is a BIG step for children and parents. Your child will meet new people, make new friends, spend time in a new environment, and learn new rules. As a parent or guardian, you can help your child become kindergarten ready!
What is Kindergarten Readiness? There is no single definitive answer to this question. Whether a child is ready for Kindergarten depends upon the child's development needs. His/her ability to think logically, speak clearly, and interact socially with others are all important to success in school. Also, a child's physical development must be considered.
How can I tell if my child is ready?
If he/she is in preschool, ask the preschool teacher. She probably has a good sense of his/her development and how he/she compares with other children at the same grade level.
Ask your child's doctor. Your child's doctor will know his/her physical development and can offer valuable feedback.
Talk with your close family, friends, and/or caregivers. They know your child well.
Ultimately, you know your child best. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Can my child listen to instructions and then follow them?
2. Can my child put on his/her coat and go to the bathroom by himself?
3. Can my child recite the alphabet and count?
4. Can my child hold a pencil?
5. Does my child show an interest in reading?
6. Is my child receptive to learning new things?
7. Does my child get along well with others?
8. Can my child work together with others or as a team?
For ideas on how to get your child ready for school, click on Kindergarten Ready-Letters to Families.
Check out the following links for more resources:
ABS's for Literacy
PBS Parents: Child Development