It used to be that kindergarten was a youngster's first introduction to reading, writing, arithmatic and interpersonal communication. Well, not any more. These days, most children entering kindergarten already know their ABCs, basic sounds, shapes, numbers, and colors. However, most teachers are even more concerned that children have important physical, social and cognitive skills that set the stage for growth and development. A child can learn to count from 1 to 10 in just a few days, but helping a child develop the ability to follow directions or interact appropriately with others can take much longer, if not already learned.
A recent study suggests that about half of five year olds entering kindergarten aren't adequately prepared. Is your child really ready for kindergarten?
Topics and Resources
Explore popular kindergarten readiness topics, resources and articles for parents and preschool educators.
- Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
- 4 Ways to Get Your Child Ready for Kindergarten
- 5 Cognitive Skills That Are Important for Kindergarten
- 5 Physical Skills That Are Important for Kindergarten
- 5 Social Skills That Are Important for Kindergarten
- Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
- Today's Kindergarteners are Playing Less, Studying More