Kindergarten Readiness

 
Is My Child Ready For Kindergarten? 


Many parents worry about when their child will be ready for Kindergarten. We have found the following list a good gauge of whether your child will be ready next year. In many ways, the social skills are most important; we expect to work on the academics, but if a child is not ready socially, it becomes very hard to meet their academic needs or the needs of others.   

Social Skills

  • Shares and takes turns with others
  • Waits their turn in a group setting
  • Sits quietly and listens in group setting
  • Follows directions
  • Demonstrates basic good manners while eating
  • Respects other students and adults
  • Respects other's belongings and class items
  • Expresses thoughts and feelings clearly
  • Has had some experience being away from family members for short periods of time


Academic Skills

  • Says the alphabet
  • Recognize own name, and letters in name
  • Recognizes and identifies as many letters as possible (A-Z)
  • Rote Count to 20
  • Recognize numbers and identifies 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Count items to 10
  • Name the basic colors (blue, red, yellow, purple, green, orange, white, brown, black)


Physical Skills

  • Care for personal needs (Use restroom, wash hands, fasten clothes, wipe nose, etc.)
  • Walk up and down stairs
  • Use pencils and crayons
  • Use scissors & glue stick
  • Stack blocks
  • Put toys and class items where they belong


And a Note About Reading:
We can't emphasis enough how important it is to read to your children every day. You can make it a special time by letting the child choose the book to be read, and ask them questions about the story as you go - this will also help them develop good comprehension skills, which are needed throughout life. 


Go to http://topics-az.parenthood.com/articles.html?article_id=1716 to read more about this topic.

Enjoy these early years together, they grow up so fast! We have never seen a case where waiting an extra year hurt a child if you're in doubt.

Mrs. Hood, Miss Judd, and Mrs. Michael