What does being "Ready for Kindergarten" Mean?
When school standards change, where does that leave your child? Learn what “being ready” for kindergarten really means.
What You Need To Know
Some children arrive to kindergarten less ready to deal with the curriculum than others. Sometimes it’s a matter of developmental differences; in many cases, however, the difference in readiness relates to other factors.
Kindergarten readiness is a hot topic among teachers, parents and politicians. With that in mind, let’s look at how far kindergarten readiness goes beyond the alphabet. Here are some general indicators that a child is prepared to enter kindergarten:
- The child feels good about themselves.
- The child can concentrate and focus.
- The child gains knowledge from mistakes to make sound choices.
- Good health and social-emotional stability.
Public school administrators and teachers are under a great deal of pressure to provide accountability to government funding sources. The way they determine accountability is through test scores.
Teachers, in order to raise their class test scores, find themselves “teaching to the test,” which means they minimize problem solving and creativity in their classroom activities.
How You Can Help
Some education experts and politicians believe that to truly have an equal chance for school success we need to eradicate poverty, give everybody health-care benefits, ensure enough nutritious food, and provide decent housing. They feel focusing on early academics is a cheaper but far less effective way at fixing the problem.
To make sure your little one is meeting stricter standards for kindergarten, here are some useful tips in preparing your preschooler for success in kindergarten.
- Children who are ready for kindergarten can communicate.
- Communication is an important part of discipline; adults should discuss feelings and behavior instead of criticizing the child. “I won’t let you hit the dog, it hurts him”.
- Visualizing alternatives and consequences is an important life skill. The child who is hit and lacks this skill hits back without thinking.
- Don’t over schedule your child which causes constant rushing. Allow time for his mind to stretch and develop long attention spans.
- If a child lacks focus, the problem may be too much television which can lessen a child’s ability to focus and entertain themselves once the TV is off.
Being “ready” for kindergarten can mean a lot of things. Some schools now have screening tests to decide who can enter kindergarten and who can’t.
Slowly work on areas where your child is lacking. Find fun ways to help him master skills and learning will become a pleasant experience for him in the future.
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