Children, too, must be prepared for success in kindergarten. They must be socially and emotionally ready. They must be physically ready and healthy. And they must be academically ready. Of course, children cannot achieve readiness on their own; they rely on the adults in their lives, and in their communities, to create conditions which allow them to thrive.
Social & Emotional Preparedness – 92% of our children enter kindergarten with the social and emotional skills that teachers expect. This means that they regulate their own emotions and behaviors. They adhere to limits and expectations. They take care of their own needs appropriately. They establish and sustain positive relationships with peers.
Physical Preparedness – 70% of our children enter kindergarten with the physical skills that teachers expect. This means that they can move around the classroom and can balance adequately. They can manipulate small items with their fingers. They demonstrate strength and coordination of their large muscles. They use writing and drawing tools. 6.5% of our children enter kindergarten with notable health conditions requiring school management and/or special accommodations.
Academic Preparedness – 68% of our children enter kindergarten with the academic skills and abilities that teachers expect. Academic preparedness has four dimensions:
- Cognitive Skills – This means that children demonstrate an ability to solve problems and that they show curiosity and inventiveness. They are able to classify information and recall it, as needed.
- Mathematical Skills – This means that children understand and use number concepts and operations. They count and quantify. They relate numbers to quantities. They explore and describe spatial relationships and shapes. They compare and measure.
- Language Skills – This means that children use language to express thoughts, needs and feelings. They speak clearly and use basic grammar. They can talk about other times or places. They attend to conversational and other communication skills. And they use social rules of language.
- Literacy Skills – This means that children demonstrate an awareness of phonics and that they notice and discriminate rhyme and alliteration. They know the alphabet and are able to use letter-sound knowledge. They know what print is and they use print concepts. They respond to books and interact during read-alouds and book conversations. They can retell stories and write their names. They attempt to write in order to convey meaning.
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