Early Kinder:
How do you decide?

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Parents,

You know you child best and ultimately you will decide whether Early Kinder makes sense for your child.

The following are suggestions to help you with your decision.

  • Visit your school site to find out about the Kindergarten programs offered. Communicate with the school principal to answer any questions you may have regarding Early Kinder or the regular Kindergarten program options.
  • Attend Kindergarten Orientation and/or school meetings to learn more about school/student expectations.
  • Meet with your child’s preschool teacher or caregiver to discuss your child’s readiness for Kindergarten.
  • If you have concerns about your child’s readiness to enter Kindergarten, consider these questions:
  1. Does my child have a fall birthday?
  2. Does my child appear to be ready for structured academic work?
  3. Would my child benefit from having additional time to develop his/her academic and/or social skills?
  • Whether you request your child to be Early Kinder or regular Kindergarten, approach the beginning of school with enthusiasm, confidence and reassurance!
  • Participate in your child’s educational experience at home and at school. Get involved!

Typical Kindergarten Readiness Skills

Many children who enter Kindergarten:

  • show interest in books and reading
  • can tell and retell familiar stories
  • know some songs and rhymes
  • can identify some letters (especially those in his/her name)
  • use 5-10 word complete sentences
  • identify colors, shapes, and numbers 1-10
  • can say or sing the alphabet
  • can recognize and write their name
  • can put simple puzzles together
  • ask questions about the world around them
  • express ideas with drawing
  • can use crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue appropriately
  • can walk in a straight line, throw a ball, hop, jump, run
  • are willing to complete a task
  • understand and follow rules and two step directions
  • can sit for short periods of time
  • communication their personal needs
  • are independent in their personal care
  • will share, play, and cooperate with others