taken from Parent's Magazine, May 2001
READY? Signs your child is a good candidate for kindergarten:
- Gets along in a group and is interested in making friends
- Is able to choose an activity and stick with it
- Is able to sit and listen to a story
- Is comfortable following a routine
- Has sufficiently developed fine motor skills so he/she can manipulate a pencil or crayon for drawing or writing , and scissors for cutting.
- Is interested in looking at books and being read to
- Expresses an interest in learning
- Can communicate needs to adults
OR NOT? Signs your child may benefit from being given another year at home:
- Doesn't know how to assert himself/herself; allows other children to take his/her playthings or infringe on her/her space.
- Lacks impulse control; tends to settle disputes by hitting, biting or crying instead of using words.
- Is excessively anxious about separating from parents
- Has difficulty sitting still to listen to a story
- Has a short attention span for projects and activities
- Is developmentally delayed in a particular area, such as language, gross or fine motor skills
- Isn't interested in writing his/her name or learning and recognizing letters or numbers