Here are some things to consider for determining readiness for kindergarten.Kelley wrote:I want to be sure that my child will be ready for the K program. What do you suggest for Preschool?
Age: Most children do best if they are 5. Some children are ready at 4 but many boys are NOT. We encourage you NOT TO RUSH into K. Kids who are pushed too early may be seem successful for a few years, but they can reach a "burn-out" point later. Let's keep the joy and adventure in learning.
Wiggle Factor: Can your child sit still for about 15 minutes to do a pencil-paper task? K does expect a child to one worksheet a day (maybe 15 minutes) but most of the program is active.
Fine motor: Does your child like to sit and write with a pencil, even if it is scribbles?
Desire: Is your child asking to do school?
We have a preschool package that focuses on skills needed for kindergarten. Each "toy" in the package is actually developing an important skill.
Number Puzzle Boards and Pegs (math)
Kids Puzzle (visual discrimination)
Lace & Link Lowercase Letters (reading readiness)
Lacing Shapes (pencil grip--you hold the lace similar to a pencil; fine motor)
Fit-A-Space (thinking skills--categories and sequence)
8" Pegboard (math)
All of them also help develop fine motor skills, following directions, completing an assigned task, etc.