Your child is probably ready for kindergarten if he or she:
- Follows simple directions: Maybe you’re lucky and your little angel does whatever she’s told. But in reality, most children don’t behave all the time. It’s important, however, that your child can listen to a teacher and completes instructions, so good speaking and listening skills are helpful.
- Sits still for short periods of time: Your child shouldn’t be expected to sit for a three hour opera, but should remain in one spot long enough to enjoy a story and participate in class activities.
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- Uses the bathroom: Your child should be able to know when they have to go to the toilet, and be able to manage it themselves – and know some basic hygiene rules (wiping and washing hands).
- Recognizes some letters, perhaps those in their name for example: Believe it or not, it’s absolutely OK if your child isn’t reading when they start school. But it’s great if they can make the connection between letters having meaning.
- Works on fine and gross motor skills: Healthy physical development is crucial to learning. In preparation, involve them in balancing activities, throwing and catching balls, running and stopping, picking up small items, using a knife and fork etc.
- Gets along with peers: Ideally, your child knows how to share and take turns, but those are skills that can take a lifetime to master.
- Handles emotions: It’s normal for a five year old to break down in tears when she’s upset. But, it’s important that she knows her feelings, and has coping strategies.
- Shows an interest in learning: He doesn’t have to be a little Einstein, but it helps if your child likes listening to stories, music, and books, asking questions and seems stimulated by the information.
- Concerned parents also need to recognize the difference between meeting and exceeding expectations. Your child does not need to have mastered reading, writing and arithmetic before he or she starts school, but should show that he’s focused, curious and stimulated by learning.
- There’s a difference between a child really being keen and appropriately prepared, and a child being pushed and over prepared. Children who are bright and keen do need stimulation so that they don’t become switched off to learning – while children who may be shy or less comfortable with some school-based activities will benefit from nursery or pre school sessions in the year before school. Managed correctly by parent or nanny, the transition to Reception can be a wonderful confidence boost for everyone.
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