Kindergarten is such an important milestone. So many of us stress and worry if our kids are ready. Here are a few guidelines that might help you. Don’t panic if you don’t have them all, you still have a few weeks of summer left to work on it.
Don’t forget to factor in your child’s emotional maturity level. Your child may be reading, but if your child is not prepared to deal with other children, listen to direction or be away from you, they may not be ready for kindergarten. Don’t feel bad holding a child back. It can actually be good for them and the rest of the class as well.
1. Children should not only know their first and last name, they should be able to write it.
2. They should have the ability to identify each letter of the alphabet. Preferably have the ability to write the letters as well. They don’t need to be perfect.
3. Know the basic sounds of the letters. B sound like ba, D sounds like da and so on.
4. Be able to count to 20.
5. Know their address and your cell phone number. This is important for a number of reasons. Turn your phone number into a song and make it a game. I promise they’ll learn it quickly.
6. They should understand the basic concept of addition. If you have one apple and I give you another apple, how many apples do you have?
7. Your child can follow basic direction such as the game Simon Says.
8. They can sit still through a story five to ten minutes in length.
9. Knows how to properly hold a pencil.
10. Understands the concept of reading and writing left to right.
Having your child start school knowing these things will help your kindergartner not only feel confident, but excited to learn more!