Is your child ready for kindergarten? Kindergarten is such an exciting time! We are parents always want what’s best for our children and for them to have a positive experience as they enter the world of education. From day one they have so much to learn. Their lunch number, getting used to a new teacher, making new friends, how to ride a bus, and the list could go on and on. It’s a lot for them.
Is your child ready for kindergarten?
How do you know if your child’s ready for kindergarten? The teacher doesn’t expect your child to know everything. They don’t expect for your kid to walk in and know how to add or read, but teaching your child the things on this list will help their transition.
Verbalize what they need
Before your child is ready for kindergarten they should be able to verbally tell what they need or want, socialize with other children, and take up for themselves when they need to.
Get themselves dressed
Your kindergartner should know how to dress themselves. How to button their pants, put their shirts on, and zip their jacket. They don’t have to know how to tie their shoes but they should by the end of the year.
Your kindergartner should be able to not only use the restroom independently but also be able to wipe, wash their hands independently, and button their own clothes. Your child’s teacher is going to have 20 plus kids, so they more than likely won’t go with your child to the restroom.
Write their name
Your child should be able to write their name. It should have the first letter capitalized and be written properly from left to right. It doesn’t have to be perfect but your child’s teacher should be able to read it. Bonus points if they can write their first and last name.
Your child should be able to Counts in sequence 1–10, Identifies shapes, Identifies numerals 1–10, and be able to identify a pattern.
Teachers don’t expect your child to be able to read, but they do expect your child to be able to properly hold and flip through a book. Which is why it’s so important to read to your child every.single.day. Not just books though, read stuff in their environment. Names of stores and signs.
Letters and sounds
Your child should be able to identify sounds and letters starting with their names. They aren’t expected to know every letter and every sound. The letters in their name is a good starting point.
Kids that know how to use rhyming words tend to become better readers. A good way to foster rhyming is by singing nursery rhymes, rhyming songs, and reading books that have rhymes in them.
I know I said 8 but this last one is important, so it’s a bonus.
The first day of school is hard, and many kids suffer from Separation anxiety. It’s common for children who are just beginning school. Try to talk to your kid about all the and fun things they are going to learn. Get them excited about school.
Each child is different. Don’t base your child on another. As a mom, you know what’s best for your child. Whether it’s kindergarten or delaying it a year. You have to do what’s best for your child. Another option could be private school or home school. Is your child’s ready for kindergarten?
Do you agree with this list of things that that tell you if your child’s ready for kindergarten?