How do you know if your child is ready for Kindergarten? Students show developmental readiness for Kindergarten in a variety of ways: By being curious and willing to attempt new tasks, by being able to follow two- and three-step directions and by making transitions comfortably. Students experience successful learning in a classroom setting when they are interested in developing skills that support emotional and cognitive self-regulation.
In the book Executive Function and Child Development (Yeager and Yeager, 2013), the following skills are noted as supporting self-regulation:
- Working Memory – Remembering to do the right thing at the right time
- Emotional Control – Using thoughts and words to help yourself and others with your feelings
- Response Inhibition – Stopping yourself from doing the wrong thing
- Shifting Focus – Making yourself stop thinking about one thing so you can start thinking about and do something else
How can parents help with Kindergarten readiness?
Provide a routine and make sure your child gets plenty of sleep. A regular bedtime that allows students to have 11-13 hours of sleep each night builds them up for successful learning each day. It also helps support their emotion stability and growth.
Read to your child and engage in meaningful conversations. Students are not expected to be reading in order to begin Kindergarten. However, research shows that reading to your child has the greatest impact on his/her vocabulary development. Make reading a daily routine.
Encourage your child to ask questions and wonder about the world around them. Students are more likely to develop a love of language and build these positive habits when you model them on a regular basis.
Provide exposure to a variety of topics. Experiences with literacy, numeracy, science, social studies, arts, religion, health and fitness are critical to a student’s brain development.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you further about our Kindergarten program, and we look forward to learning more about your family.