Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Nine things to think about
- 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.
- 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.
- Speaks/Expresses Herself: Kindergarten-ready kids usually speak in complete sentences and can repeat familiar songs, rhymes and poems.
- 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)?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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).
- 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/