The 4 keys to kindergarten readiness
Metro Schools Kindergarten Enrollment Week is April 6-10, 2015
One of the most exciting times in a child’s life is the first day of school. When Metro schools open August 5, 2015 they will welcome thousands of new kindergarteners starting a lifelong journey in education.
But how can parents tell if their child is really ready for kindergarten? And what can they do to ensure they are?
After they fill out the paperwork and register their children during Kindergarten Enrollment Week, parents can spend the months before school starts working with their children on activities and lessons that perfectly align with Metro’s kindergarten readiness standards.
iTrails.org is a website designed by Metro Schools and the Alignment Nashville Prekindergarten Committee. It is a free resource for parents to replicate the lessons of prekindergarten at home or in private daycare. It takes parents step-by-step through the prekindergarten standards and what they can do to support them, including a readiness calendar with almost daily activities for parents and children to do together.
What does kindergarten readiness mean? Metro Schools’ educators look at four main areas to decide if a child is ready for kindergarten.
1. Intellectual Development
Academic success in Kindergarten can be influenced by a child’s ability to independently master or begin to show mastery of some basic skills.
- Shows an interest in books and reading
- Sings and is familiar with some songs and rhymes
- Identifies some letters (especially those in his/her name)
- Begins or pretends to read and write (stories and names)
- Identifies rhyming words
- Describes an experience and retells a familiar story
- Identifies, names and sorts some basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
- Identifies, counts and sorts numbers and objects from 0 to 10
- Solves puzzles
- Recognizes, names and sorts basic colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple, white, black and brown)
2. Physical Development
Physical development means a child can complete various tasks with ease.
- Draws with crayons, pens and pencils showing control of the tool
- Copies simple figures and shapes (straight lines and circles)
- Runs, jumps and hops (as they mature – skips)
- Bounces and catches a ball
- Writes name forming letters from top to bottom
3. Social and Emotional Development
Kindergarten gives children opportunities to work together and to feel a part of the “classroom/school family.” The social skills children developin their early childhood grades will be an important part of their success in kindergarten and on into their adulthood.
- Listens to an adult and follows simple directions
- Cooperates and plays well with others
- Sits still for short periods of time (15 minutes or less to begin)
- Shows signs of taking turns
- Begins to share
- Communicates feelings, thoughts, and needs
- Talks and listens to others in conversation
4. Taking Care of Personal Needs
Independently completing some personal care tasks will assist a child in developing a feeling of confidence while in his/herKindergarten classroom.
- Uses the bathroom without assistance
- Washes own hands
- Eats using utensils
- Begins to snap, button, tie and zip independently
- Recognizes personal belongings (lunchbox, jacket, etc…)
- Recites own first and last name and some family member’s names
Parents planning ahead for kindergarten or prekindergarten are encouraged to visit iTrails.org and make use of the resources available there. They are 100% free and open to anyone who wants to use them.
You can also download our readiness guide, Welcome to Kindergarten.