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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Nine things to think about
  1. Reading Readiness: Is your child eager to read? She may be ready for the pint-sized rigors of kindergarten if she looks at pictures and tells a story, knows the alphabet and some simple words, tries to write her first name, understands that words are read from left to right, and pretends to read.
  2. Listening and Sequencing Skills: Does your child pay attention when you speak to him? Is he able to repeat six- to eight-word sentences or retell a simple story? These listening skills will come in handy in the kindergarten classroom.
  3. Speaks/Expresses Herself: Kindergarten-ready kids usually speak in complete sentences and can repeat familiar songs, rhymes and poems.
  4. Basic Math Skills: Does your child find patterns and sort objects by color, shape, or size; complete simple puzzles; recognize colors and simple shapes; count to 10; or count objects one by one? Is she familiar with the concept of time (day and night; special days of the year; days of the week; months of the year; knows how many days until Grandpa visits)?
  5. Emotional Maturity: Does your child have self-control? Is she OK with being separated for long periods of time? Is she respectful of authority and patient?
  6. Social Skills: Does your child participate in conversations; call peers and family members by name; help at home; or play with others? Does he put away his toys and recognize authority?
  7. Fine Motor Skills: Can she button and zip her clothes by herself? Does she enjoy coloring, drawing, or painting? Does she cut and paste or play with blocks?
  8. Gross Motor Skills: Kindergarten children are expected to be able to run, jump, hop, walk in a straight line, catch and bounce a ball, go down stairs and stand on 1 foot for 10 seconds (barring any disabilities).
  9. Basic Personal Knowledge: Does he know his full name, home address and phone number, age, birthday and gender?

If your child only shows 0-30% of the above characteristics consider waiting another year before enrolling her into a kindergarten program. If your child can do 30-60% of these things, he may need extra support at home to feel successful in a kindergarten classroom. If your child can do more than 60% of these things, he is ready for the adventures in a kindergarten classroom.
Borrowed from: www.education.com on May 8, 2013 http://www.education.com/slideshow/developmental-indicators-kindergarten/ready-get-set-go/