How to make sure your child is ready for kindergarten


About 4-million children start kindergarten every year in the U.S. 

Sending your kindergartner off to school for the first time can be intimidating.  Parents find themselves wondering if they’re child is ready to face the challenges ahead.    

Education expert Dominique Ciccarelli says it’s important to make sure your child is ready both academically and socially.   “Kindergarten readiness refers to a host of academic and social and emotional skill development.  It really makes a difference in a child’s long term academic success so it’s important to get off on the right start.  Such as your child’s eagerness to learn, speaking skills and social skills.”

She adds parents can make sure they’re child has mastered some basic skills before they head off for the classroom.   “Is your child able to communicate their wants and needs?  Are they able to have many words in their sentences and articulate what they’re feeling?  Are they able to follow directions?  Even multi-step directions.”

She recommends paying attention to their social skills.   “How they pay attention and interact with groups and their peers.  Are they able to patiently wait their turn, like getting in line, sharing their toys? Other things parents can do to build their independence like having your child tie their own shoelaces, button their coat, hang up their coat.”

Dominique says by gauging where your child is, you can help them become more self-reliant.  Independence can make them more prepared for the classroom and that goes a long way toward kindergarten readiness.  

She says it’s also a good idea to foster an enthusiasm for learning and suggests counting and alphabet books to help with math and reading.  For more tips on making sure your child is prepared, click here:

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