Kindergarten Readiness: Is My Child Really Ready?

This final program provides guidance for parents and caregivers who have concerns about their child's level of "readiness" for school.
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Many parents question if they should wait another year before sending their child to kindergarten. This video will help parents to look at delaying sending their child to kindergarten from two perspectives.


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- [Denise] In the past, parents sent their children to kindergarten as long as they met the cutoff date for their school district.

That was the only criteria for school admission.

Today, with the rigor of the education system, as early as the elementary level, parents are looking at the transition to kindergarten in a much different way.

Many parents question if they should wait another year before sending their child to kindergarten.

There are two ways of looking at this issue.

If your child is showing signs of unreadiness, delaying the start of kindergarten could also mean delay in getting your child services he might need if there are issues, such as hearing problems, speech, or behavioral concerns.

If your child is showing signs of unreadiness, but will be spending the additional year in a high quality preschool program that includes access to early intervention, if needed, this might put your child on firmer ground when he does start school.

Academic red-shirting simply to give a child an added advantage is not recommended for children who are within the normal developmental range.

And normal is quite broad.

Children who are too advanced for their peers in the classroom are often bored and act out.

Feeling older or being larger than the other children can also present problems socially and emotionally.

As we have discussed throughout this series, readiness for kindergarten is based on many things.

If you are unsure about your child, talk to other adults, such as his or her preschool teachers to get their input.

And, remember, you are your child's first and best teacher.

You know your child best of all.

You have learned how to use simple, everyday items in your home to work with your child to develop skills needed for school success.

Now, you do the math.

Take your knowledge of school readiness plus your observations of your child plus the input from others who know your child and have had opportunity to observe him or her in different settings.

Put that all together and it equals a solid start for your child's education.


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