I recently read a great article on education.com about how to gauge whether or not your child is ready for kindergarten. With all the hype around the proper age to start school, this article addresses the basics and brings you back to reality after seeing so many “my eight-month-old baby can read” infomercials.
Read the article: 10 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs
Education.com also has a helpful checklist to help you track which skills your child has mastered their pre-kindergarten year.
Read the checklist: Kindergarten Readiness Indicators
My oldest daughter started kindergarten when she was four. Even though she has been very successful in school and is now a freshman in college, I’m not sure whether I would make the same decision again. The principal of her elementary school had an expression that I love, “Education is a journey, not a race.” I think that’s important to remember. Every child moves at a different pace. By being honest with whether they are ready for kindergarten (or not) and being positive about it can only benefit both the child and the parents in the long run.
Please share your thoughts.