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Making the Move to Kindergarten
KINDERGARTEN >> Making the Move to Kindergarten
Going to Kindergarten is a Big Step 8/21/2009
What Will Kindergarten Be Like 8/21/2009
How Pre-school and Day Care Help Prepare Children 8/21/2009
How Can I Tell If My Child is Ready for Kindergarten? 8/21/2009

 

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CHILD IS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?

In general, a child going into kindergarten should be able to:

  • Follow spoken directions and obey rules
  • Listen without interrupting
  • Get along with others
  • Use words to express feelings
  • Speak clearly
  • Say his or her name and address
  • Use the bathroom without help
  • Put on (and take off) shoes and coats without help
  • Name basic colors
  • Count (to 5 or 10)
  • Use crayons and scissors.

SCHOOLS MAY BASE READINESS ON:

  • Age (to enter kindergarten, most schools require children to be 5)
  • Test results
  • Information from parents, preschool teachers and day-care providers.

As a parent, it's important to:

UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD

Every child develops at a different rate.

  • Avoid comparing him or her to others.
  • Don't try to pressure your child to learn new skills before he or she is ready

BE PATIENT

Many children going into kindergarten don't have all the skills listed at the left.  But, most will develop them:

  • During the summer before school starts
  • During the first few weeks or months of kindergarten

LEARN MORE ABOUT CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Ask for resources at your local library.

CONTACT THE SCHOOL

  • want specific information about  how it measures readiness
  • are not sure whether your child is ready.

Also talk with your child's preschool teacher or day-care provider.

 

 

 


Helping Your Child Make the Change 8/21/2009
Getting Ready for the First Day 8/21/2009
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 8/21/2009
PARENTS 8/21/2009
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