What to Know About Being ‘Kindergarten Ready’

The term “kindergarten ready” is everywhere, and unless you’re an education professional it can be hard to know exactly what it means. Many parents wonder, “is my child ready?”

School readiness is more than academic skills. Ongoing research confirms that children’s readiness for school is multi-faceted. It encompasses the whole range of physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills that children need to thrive in a school setting. The early learning educators at Kiddie Academy know this well. We encourage children to explore and progress at their own pace, in their own style.

Here are a few things parents should keep in mind about what it means to be “kindergarten ready.”
  1. It is not necessary that children be able to read before entering kindergarten. While being able to read full sentences is not usually a requirement, phonemic awareness does help develop strong early literacy. That's why Kiddie Academy teaches children rudimentary skills like recognizing letters and sounds, and reading sight words.
  2. There is not one determining factor on whether your child is ready for kindergarten. Every child will reach his or her developmental milestones at a different pace. By the time children enter kindergarten and after, they will be well on their way to developing the physical, mental and emotional attributes that will help them throughout an academic career.
  3. There are key readiness skills that will make the beginning of kindergarten easier for your child. Some examples include an understanding of common words like "stop," being able to count to ten, recognition of alphabet letters and sounds, ability to speak in complete sentences and an interest in books and stories.
  4. It is normal for children to enter this first formal learning experience at varying developmental stages. This is due to the fact that young children experience various types of early care and education environments the year before they enter kindergarten and will be coming from a variety of different early childhood experiences.

Kiddie Academy teachers keep parents updated on their child’s progress and overall development through daily reports and routine parent-teacher conferences.

Finding the right early learning center and preschool for your child is no easy task. Now is the right time to research and visit preschool programs to find the right fit (and a spot!) to be registered for fall. Learn more about our Kiddie Academy locations in the Chicago area.