Is my child ready for kindergarten? It is a question that I asked three times. One with each kid!
Kindergarten is an exciting time for kids. There is a lot of learning, play and growth during the ages of 4-6. Going to school – kindergarten – plays a big role in preparing successful kids for elementary school. But…you don’t want to push them into a stressful situation they aren’t ready for!
We have a massive resource of kindergarten activities that will keep your 4-6 year old busy and learning.
How to Know if Your Child is Ready to Start Kindergarten
Although children develop at different rates, there are some skills that they need to have before entering kindergarten – which is why we made a printable list of tasks that children should be able to complete before taking this big step!
Getting ready for kindergarten
As your toddler grows up and gets closer to entering kindergarten, you may be wondering these big questions:
- How can I know if my child is ready for this step?
- What does school readiness mean and how can I measure it?
- Which skills are required for entering kindergarten? Which ones are optional?
We know these questions, among many others, are constantly roaming around your mind.
Deciding if your child is ready for kindergarten is a huge task. If you are looking for tips for getting ready for kindergarten, our kindergarten readiness checklist is just what you need.
Kindergarten readiness checklist
How much do you know about the different types of skills children are expected to have when they start kindergarten? Did you know that there are preschool skills that every preschool curriculum includes so that kids are “ready for Kindergarten”?
Language skills, reading readiness skills, math skills, social and emotional skills, fine motor skills, are just some of them. Help your little one develop these skills with hands on activities for kids which are both fun and engaging.
One of my favorite activities for igniting curiosity and enhancing fine motor skills are crafts! Here you will find 21 handpicked crafts for 3 year olds for everyday fun.
Even the littlest ones can start getting ready for kindergarten, no matter how young! These activities for 1 year olds are a sure way to encourage their development with super fun activities.
Here’s how to download the “is my child ready for kindergarten” checklist
Can your kid name and recognize five colors? Are they able to draw pictures to tell a story? Do they know how to take turns, share, and play with other kids? Can they express their feelings positively? Do they know how to count to 10?
Download here: Preschool skills checklist
Remember that it’s completely normal for kids to have strong skills in one area while others are a bit weaker. And that’s fine!
Don’t put too much pressure on your child, remember we all learn and develop at different speeds; and at the end of the day, this printable list is just a way to get an idea of where to offer your kids some extra help.
Free Resources to Get Kids Ready for Kindergarten
- Check out over 1K preschool activities and craft ideas from Kids Activities Blog that can be a playful learning experience!
- While you may never feel like a “homeschooler”, we have a massive resource of how to homeschool preschool that can help you fill in the gaps of any skills your child needs to expand.
- Looking for some simple solutions to preschool learning? Our expansive list of best-selling preschool workbooks can assist.
- It is not all about the education and facts that kids know. In fact, much of the preschool and Kindergarten learning process is through observation, play and learning. Check out this smart advice on teaching life skills to kids.
- We have over 75 free Kindergarten worksheets that you can download and print as part of your Kindergarten readiness plan.
Making the Decision for Kindergarten
Bottom line here is every kid is different and you need to get as much data as you can to make this decision, but above all, trust your gut.
I mentioned that I had this question three times. My boys are now all teenagers, but I can still feel the stress of this question on me and my husband like it was yesterday!
And I felt like I made the wrong decision for one of my boys. I felt like that for YEARS…I was pushed into placing him in first grade when my heart said he would be better off in Kindergarten. It was a struggle at first for him as he tried to catch up in first grade. He was slow to pick up reading which only intensified my regret.
This month he was offered a very significant college scholarship and admittance to the honors college. I say that because as parents we are often very hard on ourselves when in reality we are doing the best we can. This decision is important, but so are the million other tiny decisions that follow.
Kids mature and learn at different paces and the best thing for us to do is try and support that in whatever way is possible.
You got this!