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Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

Updated on August 8, 2015

Have them prepared socially for their first encounter with teacher

Social skills are extremely important for kindergarten. This means a child is prepared to sit in class, have patience, work well with others and not have separation anxiety from mom and dad. Teachers are not babysitters. They have their hands full teaching.

Are you ready for your child to start their first year of grammar school?
Are you ready for your child to start their first year of grammar school? | Source
Get ready for kindergarten. Preparation can make the difference between failure and success.
Get ready for kindergarten. Preparation can make the difference between failure and success. | Source
Kindergarten is a big first step for children as well as parents.
Kindergarten is a big first step for children as well as parents. | Source

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Every parent knows one day children start school and the door opening the corridor is attending kindergarten. Kindergarten certainly isn’t what it used to be. The appropriate age for children to enter is the age of five (six for the late birthdays), but many parents question if a child is ready to take that first step whether the birthday calendar says they are or not. Is your child ready for kindergarten? There are some things to do to make certain they are. Take a peek at these tips to make it easier for you and your child to start school.

What is it?

Kindergarten isn’t learning how to tie shoes and picking out colors anymore. It encompasses lessons for reading, writing, arithmetic, science, social studies and some school districts even include foreign language.It is more than saying the ABC song. There is an expectation of being able to read words before graduation. Simple additional and subtraction are put into the mix.

They have art and physical education and take trips to the school library. Are you feeling a little pressure with baby’s first steps into grammar school? Don’t feel alone. There are many parents that wonder if their child is ready for kindergarten. The entire process seems a little overwhelming for tons children and parents.

There are some things to do as to guide or prepare kids for what is ahead in orderto make them and you feel more comfortable. A comfort level entering the door to the first step in primary education is enough to make all education a positive experience. .

Preschool or head start

Some individuals feel a little peek into school before this formative year is a great idea. Enrolling in head start or preschool first does give benefits. Preschool is normally for children between 3 to 4 and head start from 4 to 5. Both of these are a mixture of day care and school. They afford social and educational skills.


Head start is more closely related to the educational structure of kindergarten. Children are exposed to primary instructive skills needed for the first year of school. These include the same three "R"s (reading, writing and arithmetic) coming the following year. Of course, the extent or exposure is reduced.

Head start programs usually work with school districts to structure teaching material to match the skill set and educational presentation of the school district. This makes transition from one year to another easier. These kids gain primary skills of reading such as small words and basic arithmetic.

Although lots of people fundamentally do not think children in this age group are ready for math skills, they do quite well. Arithmetic includes identifying numbers along with some basic addition and subtraction. They study grouping items, writing first and last names and ABCs. It usually lasts a half day and children have socialization as well as playtime. The predominance is education more than socialization.


Preschool is generally more dedicated to day care than Headstart. The day consists of only an hour or two focused on primary learning tools. The rest of the day is normal day care activities with a large socialization presence.

Preschool programs work more loosely with school districts. Their primary focus is teaching children basic skills such as shapes and colors. There are some more advanced and will add a little reading and arithmetic which mimic Headstart programs.


Reading with your child and reading to your child is extremely important. It is becoming a lost art with the advancement of technology and countless kids have moved away from an old fashioned paper book. However, It is a skill they need to grasp in order to build a good foundation for their future learning abilities. Incorporate the computer, most likely in the form of a Tablet or Kindle, to achieve the same affect.

Whether they enjoy magazines, cook books or simply any created for their age group, they are all beneficial. Getting them to identify letters and words as you read to them is wonderful. If they are able to read some small ones back to you is even better.

Social skills

Lots of stay at home children (do not attend daycare) or only children (no siblings) miss out on the social skills needed for kindergarten. A child able to advance academically in school is not always prepared for grammar school socially. It is possible to fail miserably the first year out for this reason alone.

These are some of the social skills needed; patience, waiting their turn, being away from mom and dad for a good part of the day, being one of a group (not a lot of one on one attention), sitting for extended periods of time at their desk, playing nicely with others, paying attention to instructions from another adult…. The list goes on and on. As a kindergartner having these social skills under their belt is as important to their success as academics.


The ability to express oneself and be understood is key to success in life. By the time a child is entering a classroom setting their verbal skills should be advanced enough they are understood by an adult. There is no need to speak several different languages, one is enough. Though, speak it well enough for anyone to comprehend what is being said.

Any kids still talking or using baby language or lingo will be turned away at the door. Additionally, there are some creating their own personal language which is just as bad as conversing in baby talk.

Potty training

Potty training is a given and goes without saying. This means the ability to use the facilities for "number one" and "number two" without any assistance. A medical condition is an exception and countless districts are willing to work along with the nurse to help in these unique circumstances.

Teachers and student teachers are not responsible for making certain they help with this personal chore. Believe it or not failure to have this under control means no school.

All of these are wonderful ways to make certain kindergarten is a positive experience and one of many more to come.

In conclusion

If you need to work on some of the readiness items mentioned here, now is a good time to start. Consider preschool or Head start to make the transition to kindergarten easier for a child that has been at home and not in any type of day care setting. These are great resources to prepare children to enter their grammar school education.

Some parents choose to home school rather than public institutions. However, regardless of what your choice is the law does recognize at the age of 5 your child must be enrolled for grammar school education. Along with learning ABCs and math, social interaction and readiness is just as important.

Their are workbooks to help with preschool

Some academic proficiencies needed

These are some of the academic proficiencies required of each student before entry-

Academic readiness-

The ability to verbally count to 10, write their first name, recognize written numbers to 5, identify their ABCs (at least in uppercase), distinguish their colors and basic shapes

Job readiness-

Have a job at home so they learn some personal responsibility. For an example, take out the bathroom trash or pick up little sister's toys at the end of the day. Kids must understand things are put back to where they got them from and most important is having a listening attention span.

Functional readiness-

Be able to follow 2-3 step instructions. This is would be asking them to pick up the blue block, walk over to the toy area and put it in the green tub. After putting the block away come back and sit down with the group.

Be able to tie their shoes, put on their coat, hat and gloves and able to fasten their clothes back up-such as belt or buttons after a bathroom break. Know how to open containers and use their lunchbox.

All kindergartners usually have one or two of these functional ready items they need to work on. However, if your child is deficient in many of these areas, consider whether or not they are really prepared or need to put in more work before they start.

Working with a three year old on learning the alphabet

Some of he best tips for kindergarten readiness. Find out if your child is prepared for the big day.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information for those parents, who are about to send their small kids to kindergarten.

      I remember my days--it is a very different kind of learning experience not only for kids but for the parents too.

      Thanks for sharing and voted up!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      This is useful and very informative. Children need to learn life skills and although some of this can be taught at home, pre-school helps to teach the elements that can't.

      Shared. tweeted and voted across.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

      thank you justateacher, i totally agree but didnt know if i should mention it or not. if they are unable to wipe their own bottoms in our state they wont get them wiped because teachers arent permitted to touch their bodies in these areas.

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      LaDena Campbell 6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Great ideas! As a special ed teacher who teaches kindergartners, I would like to add a couple of things. Children need to be able to blow their own nose and wipe their own bottoms - and little boys need to be taught how to use a urinal properly. Voted up, useful and interesting!