teacheradm asks:

Why do children have to be five before enrolling in kindergarten?

In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Cognitive development, Physical development
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Dec 15, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

By five most children have determine they are right or left handed, they can recognize colors and have learned usually to separate from parents, integrate into a social group, and cooperate with authority such as a teacher. they understand rules and generally no longer need a nap. they can make friends independent of their parents.  Generally, younger boys are not mature enough for full day but by five generally are ready.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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aqblickley writes:
Hi teacheradm,

Great question! I believe that age limits exist to set a general guideline for kindergarten readiness. Starting official school is a big adjustment for kids, and it would be difficult to determine if kids are ready solely based on social/motor/academic skills. The age limit exists as a starting off point for pronouncing a child ready for kindergarten.

That said, it's important to make sure kids are ready for kindergarten in other ways as well. Without having social skills that are up to par with the other kids, a child is likely to struggle in kindergarten - even if he's understanding academic concepts.

In the Resources section below, I'm including an article that contains a Kindergarten Readiness checklist. Hope this helps, and good luck!


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