Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
During pre-primary years, children are developing at such different speeds that assessment of skills and knowledge for preschool children can sometimes be immaterial. Uniform standards regarding ability benchmarks for a preschool child are significantly less appropriate than they would be for an elementary or middle school student. Of course, sitting still, using the restroom and following simple directions are important, but there are many more areas to help gauge whether your child is ready for kindergarten.
Here are some basic guidelines for kindergarten preparedness…
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
- Being emotionally and socially ready is one of the most important criteria for kindergarten. Children should be able to handle their emotions, meaning they know their feelings, but have coping strategies to tackle ups and downs. This also includes being able to not only cooperate with peers, but respect non-family authority figures.
- Mastering acquired motor skills. Motor skills are the basis for many kindergarten activities. Large muscle skills include walking in a straight line, throwing a ball, jumping and climbing. Small muscle skills include drawing, coloring, cutting, fitting together puzzle pieces and beginner handwriting.
- Being cognitively and intellectually ready for school facilitates a smooth transition into kindergarten. These skills typically include knowledge of colors, numbers, shapes and some or all of the letters in the alphabet. Other skills include understanding similarities, differences and opposites.
- Showing enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. Children that know to ask questions, think independently and be creative are most successful in kindergarten. A sense of curiosity about the world, the environment, how things work, and how to creatively approach problems is a great sign of kindergarten preparedness.
The Compass School fosters an educational environment of excitement and curiosity by empowering children to play an active role in determining the direction of project work in the classroom.
As children explore their own areas of interest, they become inherently passionate about learning and discovery. Reggio-inspired curriculum is delivered in an organized and well-rounded manner, ensuring that children receive needed exposure to language development and early math and science skills, as well as art, music, drama, and nature experiences through their project work. This approach encourages the development of the whole child—strong, independent, and excited to learn in Kindergarten and beyond.