Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
Many parents ask how they can best get their child ready for kindergarten. The state law says that children are eligible for kindergarten based on their age and not on their skills. Good kindergarten curriculums are able to address the wide range of development levels that are natural in any kindergarten program. In today's society parents feel pressure to "prepare" their child for school. Sometimes this pressure leads to unrealistic expectations that are heavily focused on learning specific academic skills rather than the a more appropriate focus of play, adult child interactions, and learning opportunities that promote basic child development.
There are several good resources to help parents build a strong foundation for school.
- Washington Learning Systems includes forty-six home and community activities for adults and children that encourage early language and literacy development in young children. They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.
- Helping Your Preschool Child with activities for children from infancy through age 5.
- The Ready for School Checklist can help to guide you as you prepare your child for school.
- Today's Play . . . Tomorrow's Success! A chart which emphasizes the importance of play in early childhood as the best foundation for success in school.