We are frequently asked the question, "Do you think my child is ready for school?" Ultimately, you as a parent must decide, as you know your child better than anyone else, but there are a few guidelines which may help you decide if your child is ready to come to school.
Ideally, the child who comes to kindergarten should be happy, creative, assured and verbal - eager to be at school. The child should be able to separate from his/her parent without anxiety. (Parents also need to be ready to separate from their child.) Children should be independent dressers and be able to attend to bathroom functions and personal necessities. They should know and respond to their name, listen to and enjoy stories, use basic manners, speak to and listen to others, and play cooperatively with their peers.
A question frequently asked is, "What about academic skills?" It is helpful if the child knows colors, shapes, positional terms (over, under, beside) and can count and associate objects with numbers. The child should be able to write their name with one capital letter and the rest in lower case. Social and emotional readiness to be at school and engage in the learning process, are perhaps the most critical factors.
Research has shown that children whose parents are interested and involved in their child's education are, in general, more likely to enjoy a positive school experience. Therefore, we encourage parents to be as involved as possible. Depending on your family structure and commitments, this could include working in the classroom on a regular basis, working on projects at home, accompanying the class on a field trip, visiting the classroom once or twice a year, and/or attending regularly scheduled parent conferences.
Our mission is to provide the best education possible for all children. The Kindergarten experience will provide each child with a positive first year in school. We look forward to working with you to meet your child's educational goals.