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5 Key Signs of Kindergarten Preparedness

How do you know whether or not your preschooler is ready for kindergarten?

There’s never one telltale answer.

Even your preschooler’s age is not always a clear deciding reason in whether to send them to the big leagues.

No mater the age, most parents panic at the idea of sending their preschooler to kindergarten too early.

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“It’s too soon”, “they aren’t ready”, “it’ll be too much for them”, are all common phrases often uttered by the preschool parent.

No matter when your preschooler makes it to kindergarten, it will always feel like it’s too soon and they aren’t ready.

However, checking for these five signs will help you feel more comfortable moving your toddler out of pre-k and into kindergarten.

They Can Follow Direction

Following directions is hard enough for adults, let alone children, so when your toddler proves that they can follow simple directions it’s likely they’d do well in kindergarten. Where preschool allows your child to retain a little of their baby-like qualities, kindergarten asks them to start reacting to rules. Instead of easy days and simple lessons, they’ll be expected to meet at their desk or in circle time for math and reading lessons. There’s an expectation in kindergarten teachers that toddlers will be able to follow rules such as “no”, “be quiet”, or “sit still”. Of course, because your toddler is still young and learning, it’s expected that they will misbehave from time to time, however, a basic understanding of rules is appreciated.

Potty Trained

While majority of San Diego preschools require that your toddler enter preschool full potty trained, a small of accidents are expected. However, “accidents” are for the most part totally unacceptable for those entering kindergarten. Not to mention, your toddler should be able to know the signs that they need to use the restroom and manage their bathroom duties on their own and without the help of their teacher. If your toddler is still experiencing accidents well into their preschool years then you’ll need to invest in the help of a specialist to clear the problem.

Handles Emotions

We all have those days—the ones where we just feel like we want to break down and cry. Even for adults it’s easy to let our emotions sometimes get the best of us. Yet, at some point in early adolescence we learned to manage our emotions while in certain situations. Though your toddler will likely have the occasional tantrum and will lose their cool in the classroom, they should for the most part be capable of handling their emotions. They should have a small level of control over their emotions and understand that the classroom is not the time or place to have a breakdown. Talk to your preschool teacher and see what they have to say about your child’s overall emotional well being in a classroom setting. Discuss it early on so that you can help better

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their coping skills before it’s time to make the move to kindergarten.

Gets Along With Their Peers

Like the above situation, a lot of emotions come into play while interacting with peers. Things like sharing and taking turns are basic school traits that each child should understand. Your child should be aware of inclusivity and how not to hurt others feelings. Again, though your child will likely deal with these situations throughout the entirety of their lives, it’s important that they gain a gentle grasp on them before entering kindergarten. If you find that your child struggles with getting along with their peers, then it’s a good idea to begin working on their socialization skills early. Invite friends over for play dates so that you can monitor their progress and discuss some strategies with your preschool teacher to see what they recommend.

Enjoys Learning

Prior to entering kindergarten your preschooler will have learned a handful of new subjects, introducing them to the world of learning. Things like the alphabet and numbers will be explored, giving your child an early handle on subjects that will be studied at length in school. Though your child might not be envious to leave you each day, they should have some level of interest in

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learning. Because everything is new and exciting to them, it’s important that preschoolers are intrigued by their school subjects and eager to learn more each week. An eagerness for learning will keep your child interested in school from an early age, allowing them to explore and enjoy school, as they grow older.

If you’re still having doubts about whether or not your preschooler is ready to join a kindergarten classroom then you should always check with your preschooler’s teacher. Also, consider exploring Cornerstone Confession’s list of “71 Things Your Child Needs To Know Before Kindergarten” to see where they stand.

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