If you’re like most moms, you have probably wondered at one point or another what your child “should” know or perhaps made a mental note of something you may need to work on. It can be a tough balance at times to be aware of the developmental milestones but not place pressure on yourself or your child. to reach these milestones. My personal strategy has been to educate myself as much as possible on typical milestones and then provide my son with experiences and activities that help guide him toward achieving age-appropriate milestones.
As my son is now officially in his preschool years, I am paying attention specifically to kindergarten readiness and focusing on helping him build the skills that are not only necessary but will set him up for success when he starts school.
What is Kindergarten Readiness?
It’s a bit challenging to get a specific definition of Kindergarten readiness (or preparedness) but, basically, it refers to the skills needed to prepare a child to enter a classroom in Kindergarten and have the ability to learn. I used to think that Kindergarten readiness meant that a child should be able to count to a certain number, cut with scissors, recite the Alphabet, etc. But readiness for Kindergarten entails much more than academics - it includes physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
Why should we care about Kindergarten readiness?
I personally do not know if I will enroll my son in Kindergarten, as it is not required in my state. (Only 17 states, plus the D.C. require Kindergarten. Source) Even so, I am working to make sure my son is prepared for Kindergarten.
Why is that?
Nothing in life is a sure thing. I currently know two formerly homeschooling moms that have enrolled their children in school due major health issues. While you may think that your child doesn’t need to be prepared because you’re going to follow your own path, you just don’t know what life may throw at you. There are many different circumstances under which that plan may change.
There are environments beside school where Kindergarten readiness will be beneficial. Unless you plan to keep your child in a literal bubble, he is going to need those same Kindergarten readiness skills, even if you are homeschooling, unschooling or waiting for schooling. There’s church, sports, play groups, music lessons, dance classes, parties, etc. As kids get older, they will inevitably be expected to be able to do things such as sit and pay attention for more than 5 minutes, follow instructions or engage with other children.
Being prepared for Kindergarten will set them up for success. Finally, if you do plan to send your child to Kindergarten, having these readiness skills are going to set her up for success, whether it’s to thrive socially, emotionally or academically.
I have researched Kindergarten readiness and have come up with activities and information that I think are most essential for my child’s success. For the next 31 days, I am sharing them with you!
Kindergarten Readiness Topics
Below is a list of topics that will be covered. Please note that they are not necessarily in the order that they will appear. Also, some topics will have more than one post and some posts will have more than one topic which is why it does not add up. As I post, I will link to them, so you can have them all in one spot!
Learning to Take Turns
Helping Your Child Make Choices
Introducing Your Child to Scissors
Fun Rhymes to Teach Your Child
Best Rhyme Books
Color Recognition & Activities
Helping Your Toddler or Preschoolers Expressive and Receptive Language
Patterns, Sequence & Order
“Writing” for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Basic Math Skills
Preparing to Read
All About Me Book
I do want to express that these activities will be highly focused on play and are in no way intended to push your child into academics.
My Goal for the Kindergarten Readiness Challenge
My goal is not that your child is ready for Kindergarten in 31 days from now but, rather, I want to give you some tools to help you recognize the things that are part of Kindergarten Readiness and I want to provide you with easy (and fun!) activities that you can implement with your toddler or preschooler.
Will you join me?
I am really looking forward to this series and I hope you will join me! I recommend that you bookmark my blog, so you don’t miss a post. Don’t feel like you have to do the activities that are posted on that day but do read them and start planning!
About the Author
Hi! I'm Inez, the owner and content creator of For the Love of Mom, a website dedicated to helping moms thrive in motherhood by offering helpful advice, tips and resources.