By Denise Carey
Am I Ready to Begin Kindergarten?
Washington State Law requires that all children turn five years old before September 1st in order to start kindergarten that school year. Here at YACS it is our experience that children need to be more than just a certain biological age to succeed in school. Since children grow and mature at hugely different rates based on the character and personality given to them by God, we prefer to look at the individual child not just age.
Following is a basic checklist to help you determine if your child is not only old enough, but truly ready to begin more formal school:
- He copes well away from home and family.
- He can take care of his personal needs (use restroom independently, eat unassisted, manage own clothing).
- He interacts cooperatively with other children (takes turns, shares, can keep to self when necessary).
- He does not require a nap to make it through the day.
- He can complete a task from start to finish without reminding (get dressed, clean up, color a picture).
- He can write his name – maybe not perfectly, but consistently and without help.
- He has the fine motor skills required each day in the classroom.
- He can sit still and attentively listen to a story for 15+ minutes at a time.
- He shows interest in learning academics skills (consistently identifies most letter names and sounds, recognizes numbers 0-10, pretends to read, easily counts to twenty).
If your child struggles in any of these areas, it may be in your child’s best interest to wait another year before beginning school. It is our goal to make your child’s kindergarten year the best one possible!