Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
By Kris Meyers, M.Ed
Although the 2013-2014 school year is still a few months away, local elementary schools are beginning to register children for Kindergarten. Any child who will be five years old by September 30th, 2013 is able to enroll for Kindergarten this next fall. But being old enough isn’t always the same thing as being ready.
Kindergarten readiness is important because research shows children who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to succeed in school and in life. So how does a parent know if their child is ready or not? Smart Beginnings suggests parents think about the following types of readiness skills …
Learning & Thinking Skills
Reading & Writing Skills
Social & Emotional Skills
Remember, experts say no single or simple factor determines whether a child is ready for kindergarten. Instead, a child’s development needs to be looked at from several aspects. If you have concerns about your child, talk to your child’s preschool teacher or contact your local elementary school.
For more information about the importance of school readiness, including tips for making sure your child will be ready for school, please visit www.smartbeginningsroanoke.org/parents.
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