The transition from preschool to kindergarten can be as traumatic as the transition from middle school to high school. You’ll want to make sure that your child is ready to make this transition before enrolling him.
At this juncture, you may be wondering: ‘How do I know if my child is ready for Kindergarten?’
As no two children are the same, no child’s aptitude will be measured against that of another. There is no formula, no chart; there is, however, a set of guiding principles that you might consider with respect to your child’s development. Bear in mind that all aspects of your child’s development should be taken into consideration and that Kindergarten may afford your child the means to circumvent any developmental delays he may be presenting.
Many parents maintain that a child should be able to interact well with his peers before he is considered ready for Kindergarten. Many students who have social struggles in Preschool overcome those struggles in Kindergarten. To this extent, as long as a child can speak, reason, and remain non-violent with his peers, his enrollment in Kindergarten classes should be worth looking into.
With all the factors to consider regarding your child’s readiness, connecting the dots can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you do not need to make the assessment by yourself. Your child’s Preschool teacher knows more about his development than you do. Further to that, she is mandated to remain objective when assessing all aspects of his development. Discuss your concerns with her and identify the areas of development that the both of you believe he may be struggling with.
Ultimately, the decision to enroll your child in Kindergarten is yours alone, but your assessment of that readiness should be corroborated by someone qualified to speak intelligently on the matter.
About Pacific Preschool & Kindergarten
Pacific PreSchool & Kindergarten is one-of-a-kind preschool and child care center in San Marcos, California. Their goal is to provide an early childhood education program to little children so that it satisfies their physical, socio-emotional and child development needs in a progressive way. Lynda Way, the owner of Pacific PreSchool & Kindergarten, makes use of her 40 years of professional knowledge in childhood development and truly loves what she does.
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Interesting article. I have a friend who has a child in PreK and is considering holding him in PreK, delaying his kindergarten start. There really is no basis for this, he is on track academically, but she says he’ immature. I would think that as he grows, his maturity level would grow as well.