The Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

For first-time parents, it can be difficult to know when our children are ready to begin Kindergarten. They have been with us for their whole lives. They’ve adapted to us and us to them. Some parents are apprehensive. They worry their child will not cope well, or be misunderstood. Others are overconfident, and forget to help their kids learn some basic things.

For first-time parents, it can be difficult to know when our children are ready to begin Kindergarten. They have been with us for their whole lives. They’ve adapted to us and us to them. Some parents are apprehensive. They worry their child will not cope well, or be misunderstood. Others are overconfident, and forget to help their kids learn some basic things.

Anyway you look at it, starting school can be challenging for both parent and child. But there’s good news. Small children change and adapt very quickly. A skill they lack this week, they may easily pick up the next. Kids want to learn. Children have a natural desire to gain new skills, and they have boundless energy.

To help you and your little learner get ready, we’ve compiled a list of all the skills they need to succeed. We’ve also work-shopped a few home activities you can do with your child. It’s fairly comprehensive, and some are more important than others. A few of them, if unlearned, may inspire a frantic call from a teacher, but not many. And there’s a good deal of overlap between most skills. Your child doesn’t have to master all of them to enter school. But the more they know, the more they’ll grow, and the happier you’ll both be.

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