The decision on whether your child is ready for school is not easily answered. One thing that I can say is that simply focusing on arming children with their letters and numbers before entering a kindergarten classroom is not what determines school readiness.
School readiness is more about how adaptive a child is to a new environment.
Some questions that you might ask yourself (or seek the guidance of your child’s early childhood learning centre), are:
How well does my child settle into the day once they have been dropped off?
Do they have suitable coping strategies for dealing with new experiences?
Are they showing signs of being able to work within small groups?
How confident are they to express themselves to others?
How well do they follow routine?
As you can see, the focus for us, as educators, is to explore their social and emotional readiness over academic readiness.
Schools are confident that they have the necessary expertise to provide kindergarten learners with the required building blocks of learning in their subject areas. If a child can enter into their first year of schooling with their own version of confidence to be a part of something new, then this is a terrific start.
To further assist with the decision, I strongly recommend enrolling your child in a kindergarten transition program that schools provide This is another opportunity to seek the input of educators who will be looking for these adaptive skills throughout the program. SMGS’ five-week transitional program, Let’s Explore, is designed to ease your child’s journey into the world of Kindergarten and Junior School. This year, the program begins on Friday, 26th October. For more information head to: www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/letsexplore .
Ultimately, though, a parent knows their child best and while advice from friends and family regarding their own child’s experience can be helpful, it is important to remember that everyone is different and there most certainly is not one single piece of advice that will determine your decision.
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