Clues to Kindergarten Readiness
Although there is no perfect list of criteria to know whether your child is ready for kindergarten, local professionals provide the following guidance.
Kristen Wynnsm a child psychologist in Durham, says you want to see that your child:
- Knows her ABCs and numbers at least 1 to 10. If she can sound out some simple words or recognize some sight words or has shown applied math skills, that's even better.
- Can sit for periods of time in a structured setting and attend a "lesson."
- Can handle separations from parents.
- Is able to play well with peers much of the time.
- Can show respect to adult authority figures (other than parents) by following directions.
- Can handle transitions during the day.
- Is mature enough to be able to function comfortably with approximately 23 older children throughout a 6- or 7-hour day
And children should be able to stay on task, according to Sandy Duncan, director of Greenwood Forest Children's Center in Cary. Duncan also recommends that parents look at how comfortable their children are in new situations and how they express their feelings and needs to peers and teachers.
For a listing of Project Enlightenment's Developmental Expectations for children entering kindergarten, visit http://projectenlightenment.wcpss.net/kindergarten_readiness/developmental_expectations.html.