August arrives and parents start getting ready for school…well, and the kids too! But when you have a child who is just starting in Kindergarten, parents can get stressed about how ready their kids are for school. Do they know the numbers? colors? letters? write their names? But, should they know these skills before they enter school? Isn’t that the reason why they go to school, to learn these things?
Let’s review some definitions of school readines.
The Maryland Model for School Readiness defines school readiness as the state of early development that enables an individual child to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences. As a result of family nurturing and interactions with others, a young child in this stage has reached certain levels of social and emotional development, cognition and general knowledge, language development, and physical well-being and motor development. School readiness acknowledges individual approaches toward learning as well as the unique experiences and backgrounds of each child.
Experts say no single or simple factor determines whether a child is ready for kindergarten. Instead, a child’s development needs to be evaluated on several fronts. Their ability to think logically, speak clearly, and interact well with other children and adults are all critically important to success in school. A child’s physical development also needs to be considered. (http://www.babycenter.com/0_kindergarten-readiness-is-your-child-ready-for-school_67232.bc)
Scientists describe a school-ready child as having the ability to experience, regulate, and express emotions. Also, to form close and secure personal relationships, explore the environment and learn.
Did you notice they NEVER mention how many colors, letters or vocabulary words they should know? That is because it is more important how they learn the information than what they learn. So kids have to be emotionally ready to the demands of school or they won’t benefit from the learning!
So forget about the colors and the numbers! Here are some things the child needs to do in order to be ready for school:
Attend or listen to what someone else is saying
Get along with other children of the same age
Learn and participate in structured situations such as play and story reading
Focus and listen to one person in the classroom
Learn in a co-operative learning environment where children learn from teachers and form one another
Play with other children (wait their turn in line and so on)
Here are some things parents can do to help their children be ready for school:
Teach them to pick up their clothes
Teach them to put their toys away
Give their children the opportunity to listen to and learn language through story telling
Provide a daily routine that includes regular times for meals
Establish a bedtime that gives your child eight or more hours of sleep at night
Provide opportunities to play with other children
For more tips visit this website!
Do you have more ideas how to help your child get ready for Kindergarten?