Kindergarten Ready list

Updated: Dec 24, 2021

We intend to provide valuable and easy-to-understand information to assist you in your parenting journey. The post may contain affiliate links meaning if you make a purchase through our links, we may earn a small commission (NO additional cost to you). Prices and availability are accurate when publishing this post and are subject to change. For full disclosure, please click here.

Thank you for supporting us.

Let's dive into our topic!


The idea that simply because your child turns five they are ready for kindergarten is outdated. Experts at the Cleveland Clinic explain that age is not the sole determining factor in whether your child is prepared to start school. Instead, they suggest that you look at your child’s motor skills, attention span, and social skills.




Many schools offer screenings to help assess if your child is ready to jump into kindergarten. Parents will sometimes choose to delay enrollment by a year to give their children more time to catch up. There is even a term called “academic redshirting” that highlights how some parents choose to hold back their child an additional year, hoping they can give them a physical advantage when it comes to sports. Ultimately, the decision is yours. You know your child better than anyone. If you need some extra clues to see if your child is ready for kindergarten, the educational experts at Scholastic urge you to look for the following signs.



Your child may be ready for kindergarten if they can:


1. Take care of their own bathroom needs: They can recognize when they need to use the restroom, ask their teacher to go, and know how to clean themselves properly afterward.



2. Carry their own backpack



3. Open their lunchbox and repack it when they are done



4. Clean up after themselves



5. Spell and write their first name



6. Recite at least one of their parents’ phone numbers



7. Tell you their home address



8. Dress themselves



9. Share with others



10. Introduce themselves to other children



11.Hold a pencil



12. Identify some letters, numbers and common words



13. Sort objects by size, shape, color, and number



14. Speak in full sentences



15. Listen to directions



16. Play kindly with others



17. Work independently for 10 minutes


If you are still conflicted about whether or not to send your child to school this year, consult an expert. Maybe your child excels in academics, but they are socially struggling. A teacher or guidance counselor can explain how social skills can be developed in the classroom as your child builds confidence. Or, perhaps your child is begging to get on the school bus with their siblings, but their motor skills are lagging and they cannot perform some basic tasks by themselves yet. A professional can advise you on whether delaying enrollment will allow them to catch up to other kids so they can be in a better position to succeed next year. Trust your instincts and you will make the best possible decision for your child.


 


 





17 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All