kindergarten,  kindergarten readiness

Kindergarten Readiness

Every year in the spring I am inundated with similar questions – “Do you think my child is ready for Kindergarten?” and “What can I do to make sure my child is ready for Kindergarten?” Unfortunately, these questions can’t be answered easily.  There are a number of factors that need to be considered when determining Kindergarten readiness, and on Tuesday I discussed some of the social skills that I generally look for, and I shared some suggestions for parents.  Today I’m going to share some of the academic skills that are helpful for children to know before they go to Kindergarten.

I have to preface this post by saying that these skills are in no way required in order to enroll in Kindergarten.  Most of these skills are covered as part of Kindergarten curriculum, however, if children have a grasp of these concepts before they are introduced as part of the curriculum, they will be able to successfully complete basic activities.  These successes at the beginning of their Kindergarten experience will help build their confidence and help them feel more competent when it comes to school.

In my opinion, the best thing that preschool teachers and parents can do to help prepare children for kindergarten is to simply expose them to basic concepts, such as;

  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Letters
  • Numbers
It is also helpful for children to be able to recognize their own name (because everything in their new classroom will be labeled with their name). That’s a pretty short list, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the same lists that I’ve seen floating around the internet – they are intimidating, but the most important thing to remember when it comes to academic skills it that children all over the country enter Kindergarten at different levels of academic ability.  As long as we continue to show our children support throughout their academic careers by providing encouragement, and making sure that they have access to all available resources, they will be successful in school.  

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