Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. Actually, not so long ago, kindergarten didn’t even exist for many children. My grandparents and most of my aunts and uncles did not attend kindergarten.
As most parents can tell you today, kindergarten ranks high on their list of concerns for their young children.
Even though many studies have shown that there are not any lasting advantages to pre-kindergarten education, more and more children are being signed up for formal education classes because their parents feel they may get “left behind”.
So, what do they really need to know?
I have three children who attended kindergarten. Each child was at a different developmental stage when they entered and each child successfully completed the year.
I can honestly say that they don’t need to know a great amount of information before starting kindergarten. The most important thing, in my opinion, is not their mastery of ABC’s and 123’s but rather emotional readiness.
Emotional readiness sets the stage for learning. With a solid self-esteem and sense of self, children can tackle just about anything.
Is your child confident, trusting, independent, cooperative, curious, nurturing, compliant, attentive, and patient? If your child has a basic understanding of these principles but just needs practice, then he/she is in a good space emotionally.
Keep in mind that a kindergarten class is full of students of different academic levels. Not all students will know their colors, shapes, numbers, or alphabet. The teacher will still have to review this material for all students, whether they have mastered it or not.
When in doubt, trust your instinct. You are the expert of your child’s abilities and limitations.