Children turning five years of age on or before August 31 of this year will be heading off to Kindergarten in the fall. Will they be ready for the rigors of this new environment? We often think about school readiness in terms of cognitive skills such as possessing knowledge of numbers, letters, colors and shapes, but did you know that there are key social and emotional skills your child will need to have in order to succeed in Kindergarten?
He or she will need:
Capacity to develop good relationships with peers
Concentration and persistence on challenging tasks
Ability to effectively communicate frustrations, angers and joys
Ability to listen to instructions and be attentive
So, is your pre-k student ready for kindergarten?
Katherine Generaux, Community Inclusion Director