Andria asks:

How can I motivate my child for kindergarten?

My son's preschool teacher just expressed that she feels that he needs another year in preschool.  He is 4yrs right now and will have his 5th birthday in June.  She says that he needs to work on his numbers and respect for teachers.  He is a very active child and very smart, but seems to not care too much about going to kindergarten.  I have been thinking that maybe the preschool I chose for him may not have been the right one.  He is very different from my oldest child.  She was eager to learn and very good at listening and respect.  I am not sure if I should keep him in this preschool next year if I choose to do so, move him to another next year, or go ahead and send him to kindergarten.  I was wondering if there are some readiness tests or other ways to tell if he is ready.  It seems to me that his attitude is the biggest concern here.  He just dosen't seem to care.
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Motivation and achievement at school
> 60 days ago


Answers (1)

lkauffman writes:
Hi Andria,

What a great question. I can't, of course, give any formal advice for you and your son because I have not had an opportunity to meet and evaluate him, but there are a couple of things to consider. First, research has shown that boys' and girls' brains develop at a different rate. Thus, it is not uncommon for girls to be more prepared for the kindergarten transition. See the following article for more on this topic:

Second, it is not unusual for boys and girls with a summer birthday to postpone kindergarten entrance. Therefore, it may not be your son's preschool that is an issue. Your son happens to be a "young five" and considered by many to be less prepared for the "rigors" of kindergarten.

However, it may be most useful to evaluate your son's skills objectively. I have included a link to an article detailing some of the skills required for kindergarten success:

Good luck!
> 60 days ago

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