Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kindergarten Ready

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Kindergarten readiness means that your child will be able to learn that which is taught in the kindergarten he attends. It also means that your child will be able to interact effectively with the other children and the teacher in that particular school. In general, readiness is dependent on a range of academic and emotional variables.
Academically, your child is probably ready for kindergarten if he can write his name, count, recognize most letters, and demonstrate certain small motor skills, example cutting and holding a pencil properly. Your child should also demonstrate the ability to follow simple sequential directions, have articulate speech, comprehend simple stories, recognize numbers, and understand basic comparisons. Your child should be able to tell a chronological story.
Aside from these academics concerns, what are the emotional variables? these refer, inlarge measure, to social skills, or your child ability to relate appropriately to peers and the teachers. First, your child should be able to share. he should demonstrate a fundamental under-standing of and respect for other's property. It is helpful if your child demonstrate a sense of humor, and a curious approach to the world.

Given this premise, there are general guidelines to follow to help prepare your child for the big day. these includes:
  • Encouraging your child's independence. Ask him to help with simple household chores
  • Discussing similarities and differences. Which objects are the same color or size, smaller or larger
  • On a daily basis, singing songs, reading stories, and working on puzzles with your child
  • Implementing "sorting and classifying" activities into your child's daily life.
  • Helping your child 'write" letters and draw pictires to be sent by mail to a fav friends or relatives
  • Reading rhymes and encouraging 'word play" composed of simple rhymes.
  • Talking to your child about the approach of kindergarten and encouraging him to talk to you as well
The ultimate goal is that your child emerges from kindergarten with a conviction that he is worthwhile individual who enjoys learning and has positive feelings regarding school. he should become confident that he is a competent student. Those children who start kindergarten before they are able to manage its inherent responsibilities may, conversely, suffer from feelings of intense embarrassment. A sense of failure can have long-term negative effects on both the child's sense of self and his attitude about school. An a honest and careful assessment of your child's readiness can ensure that the begins his academic career when he is able to successfully master the tasks of kindergarten.

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