As registration is open for kindergarten, most parents of young children find themselves asking the question "Is my child ready for kindergarten?"
Below are some questions to ask yourself to help determine if your child is ready for kindergarten:*
1) Can my child listen to instructions and then follow them? Children need these skills to function in class, to keep up with the teacher and with their peers.
2) Is s/he able to put on his coat and go to the bathroom by himself? Children need to be somewhat self-sufficient by school age.
3) Can s/he recite the alphabet and count? Most kindergarten teachers assume that children are at least familiar with the ABC's and numbers though these subjects will be covered as part of the kindergarten curriculum.
4) Can s/he hold a pencil? Cut with scissors? These fine motor skills are necessary to begin working on writing the alphabet and to keep up with classroom projects.
5) Does s/he show an interest in books? Does s/he try to "read" a book by telling a story based on the pictures? This is a sign that language development is on a par with other kindergartners and that your child is ready to start learning how to read.
6) Is s/he curious and receptive to learning new things? If a child's curiosity is stronger than their fear of the unfamiliar, they will do well in school.
7) Does s/he get along well with other children? Does s/he share and know how to take turns? They be interacting with other children all day, so your child's social skills are particularly important for success in school.
8) Can s/he work together with others as part of a group? The ability to put their needs second, to compromise and join in a consensus with other children, is also part of emotional competence.
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions and "sometimes" to the rest, your child is most likely ready for kindergarten. If not, your child might well benefit from another year of pre-kindergarten.
- Small class sizes where children are able to receive more individualized attention.
- Curriculum is aligned to the State Board of Education and K-12 Common Core State Standards
- Hands-on activities that provide extended opportunities for discovery.
- Children will have the opportunity for intergenerational interaction which benefits both the children and seniors. Learn more about the benefits here.
- Year round program—no need to find care during summer and winter break. Open Monday-Friday, 6:00am-6:00pm.
- Before and after school care and meals is included in the $371.00/month tuition. We will honor this price during breaks and summer 2016.
- Class is every Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm (September 1st-June 15th) Salem-Keizer School District is implementing full-day kindergarten this fall.
- Teacher Kelly Scalise, Degree in Elementary Education, University of Montana's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education. Read about our teaching team here.
For more information about our kindergarten program or kindergarten readiness, please contact Karen Offield, Director, at 503-363-5812 or via email.