B.J. asks from Rochester, MN on January 14, 2009
How to Know If Your Child Is Ready for Kindergarden?
My son will be 5 in March. He almost knows all of the letters (big and little case) and can write most of them. I am worries because I heard they really want them reading when they enter kindergarten and my son is still working on his letters. He is a little hyper and is not good at sitting still for long periods of time. Is this OK? My husband had to go through kindergarten twice and he does not want our son to have to go through anything like that. He thinks he will be fine and we will just struggle through if need be. I on the other hand had a hard time in school and most likely would have done better if I would have been held back. So my question is: How do you know when your child is ready?
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Thank you everyone for the responsis. I now know that he is ready for school. A lot of people asked if he was going to a preschool. I took him for 3 months and decided they were not teaching anything so I have been doing a home preschool with him. He does a lot of things realy well- like he can add and subtract small #'s and he can do a 200 piece puzzel easy. He just is a little slower with the letters, but it sounds like he is right us there where most kids are. Thank you everyone for the different views!
A.O. answers from Minneapolis on January 15, 2009
Here is a good article written by a teacher that might help.
K.T. answers from Milwaukee on January 15, 2009
I have never heard that a Kindergartener needs to know how to read before they enter. Keep working at his letters (which even at that he is advanced compared to some that we encountered when my son first entered). Five is the age and he will actually be 5.5 by the time he enters this fall, correct? Don't worry, you are doing a great job keep it up!
L.B. answers from Milwaukee on January 15, 2009
I sent my daughter to all day k-4 a couple years back when she had just turned 4 the month before. She only knew a couple letters and hardly ever sat down for more than 5 minutes. School changed all that. By the time she got to all day k-5 she was in the first grade reading book and could sit for long periods of time. I don't think you have anything to worry about. He sounds like a smart kid. He knows his letters and if you send him to school, they will have him reading in no time. I also think it will help him so much with the attention span like it did for my daughter. I think he's ready.
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J.C. answers from Minneapolis on January 15, 2009
I don't know a whole lot about all the different aspects of kindergarten readiness but for sure don't be worried about him not reading yet. My daughter is in kindergarten this year and they're just working on letter recognition and sight word reading (recognizing certain common words like "off" and "stop".)
I think a lot of it has to do with maturity to sit at a table and work, sit in a circle and participate, follow instructions, etc...
D.W. answers from Janesville-Beloit on January 14, 2009
I know that each school district is different but the school district that we live in has never required any of my three oldest children to read by the time they start school. They usually start working on site words around Nov./ Dec. You call always call the office of your elementary school and ask or if you have Kindergarten orientation ask your questions then. I think that your son sounds like most kids his age.
D. ~ Mom of 4
J.B. answers from Cedar Rapids on January 15, 2009
Kari I would send him. My daughter was at that same stage at that age. Now she's in 1st Grade doing fine. Yes they do come out of Kindergarten reading but they learn so fast at that age. My daughter went in knowing just colors and shapes most of the abc's. But today she sits me down and can read the whole book red fish blue fish. The teachers have a new way of teaching sounds blends now that seems to do great for little ones. Hyper or not the one question you need to ask yourself how is he with other kids. If he's to aggresive may want to try a summer daycamp to get him use to being with groups of kids. But I would say he will do just fine. Kindergarden is not like you remember but the change is for the better. You will be so suprised how much your son grows. I hope this helps!! Good luck!
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on January 14, 2009
I struggled with this decision too. Don't concentrate so much on his academics. Look at his maturity. Can he sit still, listen, follow directions, share, get along with everyone? That's your deal breaker!
I regret sending my dd at age5, she's always the youngest, a year behind everybody. She's doing great academically but no so with her peers.
They donot have to know how to read before kindergarten starts they will learn that in kindergarten. I think by the time my dd got out of kindergarten she had to count to 100, know tons of sight words, and she could read but was no where close to reading when she entered. Then she's competeing with kids who could read before kindergarten some of them were reading chapter books and that stressed her out and made her self conscience.
M.M. answers from Appleton on January 14, 2009
I'll be watching people's responses to this one, because if they want the incoming kindergarteners reading already, that will be news to me. My daughter will be 5 in august and starts kindergarten next year as well. She is at the same level as your son from the sounds of it, as far as recognizing and writing most letters. When I took her in for the 3/4 year old evaluation (through the Appleton School District) they said she was doing great and they had no doubt she'd be ready for kindergarten. I'll be interested to see other responses to this one, thanks for posting it!
J.S. answers from Davenport on January 15, 2009
Kari first of all if someone tells you that your child needs to be reading in Kind. they are crazy. It certainly helps if they can recognize words like the, at,and it, but they are supposed to be learning to read and write in Kindergarten. Does your son go to preschool? If he does maybe the teacher could give you some suggestions as to how to help your son. Can he spell and recognize his name? I have 4 children my older two are in 4th and 2nd grade and # 3 is 2weeks away from being four and in preschool. Our preschool teachers and kind. teachers have often told me that preschool is now more like kind. and they worry that the kids are getting to much info shoved at them .We are doing two years of preschool at three days a week for 2 1/2 hrs just so our daughter can have social interaction with kids her own age. We also read to the kids at bedtime every night we try to get our 3 yr. old to pick out words like it, and ,at,and the easy small words that she can pick out.There are also great phonics books for little ones our favorites are Sam Sheep can't Sleep and Big Pig on a Dig. Our 3 yr old can recognize words in these books and they have a hidden duck on each page that the kids can find and the pictures are fun and help the kids stay interested. Good luck, don't stress and don't sweat the small stuff . I worried about my oldest who is now 10 and now realize that all things come with time and if not there is always someone you can go to for help.
B.B. answers from Minneapolis on January 15, 2009
Don't they have something called "pre-school screening" that is testing to see if your child is ready for school. Or isn't there an age requirment for kindergarten?