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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarden
Many parents wonder if their child is ready for kindergarten at age five. School readiness is complex. It is more than chronological age or the ability to recite numbers, letters, and colors. Here are some questions to think about as you decide if your child is school-ready.
Is your child socially ready? For instance, does he trust other adults and children? Can he play in a group?
Is your child emotionally ready? Does she have some degree of independence and self-direction? Does she have self-control; is she able to wait when there is a delay?
Does your child have the language skills hell need? Can he understand directions? Is he able to express his needs to adults and other children?
Is your child physically ready? Can she dress, eat, and toilet herself? Can she run and jump? Does she have a sense of space and balance? Can she manipulate small objects?
Is your child intellectually ready? Is he able to focus and concentrate on an activity for 10 to 15 minutes? Does he understand that letters stand for something; that printed words are spoken language expressed in writing? Can he remember simple routines?
Research shows that the environment the home atmosphere appears more influential than either parents level of education or income. Parents communicate the importance of school and lifelong learning in many ways. Children see everything and they are influenced by what they see. For example, they notice how parents spend their time, what they read, what TV programs they watch.
One of the best things a parent can do is read to children. It prepares them for school in several ways.
Reading to a child for as little as ten minutes a day can do many things.
Source: University of Minnesota Extension Service, InfoU script
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