Being 'ready' for school looks different for each child. Their individual strengths and challenges are still taking shape. Skills needed for a smooth transition to school can be broken down into 4 areas, or the Building Blocks For Kindergarten:
- Social & Emotional Development
- Self-Care, Physical Development & Motor Skills
- Early Academics
When it comes to determining whether or not a child is ready to start kindergarten, remember one thing: You know your child better than anyone. The Building Blocks For Kindergarten Handbook walks through these skill sets block-by-block. As you read through the handbook, consider how your child does in each Building Block. Very few children will have mastered all the skills they need for kindergarten before they start school. What's important is a balance of skills in each area.