Is my child ready for kindergarten?
This is a common question parents ask during the later preschool years. There are a few indicators to help you make the decision if your child is ready for Kindergarten or if another year would be beneficial.
- can recite their ABC’s
- knows all uppercase letters and at least half of their lowercase letters
- can identify and “read” 5-10 sight words
- can count to 50
- recognizes rhyming words
- can write their first name
- engages and shares with other peers of the same age
- can follow two step directions
- can pay attention for ten minutes at a time
- can solve basic problems for themselves
- will actively participate in group time
- eager and willing to learn
- able to take care of their own basic needs
- can identify needs and wants
- fine motor skills (can hold a pencil, trace, button, zip, etc…)
When it came time to make that decision for my own children, I asked for input from my child’s preschool teacher, and then I prayed over the decision asking for wisdom. While they are gauges for you to use, you ultimately know your child best.
If you have a strong feeling one way or the other, go with your gut. I always tell parents you typically won’t regret holding your child back for a year but could if you send them too early. The most important thing for your child to feel when they leave kindergarten is a love for school. Yes, they will have rough days, but kindergarten is the foundation.
While these are all a starting point for your decision making, an extra year to hone in on some of these skills helps children feel more confident when they are entering a classroom five days a week. Transitional Kindergarten is a year between pre-k and Kindergarten for students to get an idea of what kindergarten will be like!