Looking over a list like this felt a little daunting; even for a teacher-mom! I admit that some of the things on this list I most likely would not have even thought about introducing to my child(ren) because I would assume it would be covered in Kindergarten. It is shocking to see how much children are expected to know prior to school today!
One of the greatest lessons parents can take take away from viewing this list of things their child needs to learn before Kindergarten, is that some type of preschool teaching is VITAL to their success in Kindergarten and Elementary School in general! Whether you choose to teach your child these skills and lessons at home or enroll them in a preschool is each family’s choice; you know what would be best for your child.
I recently compiled this checklist by using a public school, private school, and a homeschool preschool assessment. Therefore, this is a well-rounded list of what exactly you need to be sure your child knows or is in the beginning stages of mastering before entering Kindergarten. Print a copy, safe it in a safe place, and check off the skills as your children masters each skill. This checklist will be a valuable tool to have as a parent to help you decide if your child (especially those with an early birthday) is ready for Kindergarten or if they need to wait another year.
In doing my Reading Specialist Degree at San Diego State University, we looked at many of the different studies that talked about the discrepancy between a child who comes into the school setting prepared and a child who has not been afforded the benefit of being prepared for school. Unfortunately, so many studies highlighted the fact that many children who come from a lower income socioeconomic setting are not as prepared as other students. When looking at this list, I understand some of the reason for that. Many parents who are in that lower income settings are unable to provide their children with the support they need prior to school, they are busy trying to make ends meet. It is my hope that a list like this will be able to give all parents the knowledge and how-to in order to adequately prepare their students for school. If even half of the 84 items on the list are targeted, that’s a great place to start!
I invite you to join The Cheerios and Lattes family as we begin to work on these specific skills through fun and play! Each week will give you activities that will help our children and yours to master the skills below!