June 10, 2021

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

This time of the year marks preschool graduation for many, and soon attentions will turn to entering kindergarten in the fall. It’s a big and wonderful next step in your child’s development, but one that often leaves parents wondering, “Is my child ready?”

When you try to put your mind at ease, you start to see the term “kindergarten ready” everywhere. But, unless you’re an education professional, it can be hard to know exactly what it means.

Joy Turner, Kiddie Academy Vice President of Education, says, “It’s common for parents to have a little anxiety, wondering if their kids are ready for kindergarten. For this coming school year, that may be more of an issue because of what’s being called the ‘kindergarten bubble.’”

What is the kindergarten bubble?

The “kindergarten bubble” is yet another byproduct of the pandemic. With lots of students not attending school this past year because of the pandemic and many parents electing to delay the start of kindergarten for their 5 and 6 year olds, many experts are predicting larger-than-usual numbers of children entering kindergarten this coming school year, with greater disparities in ages and skill levels.

Even with the bubble, Joy says not to worry. “If your child attended a program like ours, they should be in great shape. Preschool programs like ours are designed to introduce and facilitate activities that develop the skills needed for kindergarten. For example, the Kiddie Academy Life Essentials® curriculum helps children focus on skills that include writing, math, literacy, building independence, developing fine motor skills, growing social skills, learning to follow directions and character values. And there are also opportunities to get them involved educational programs this summer, like our CampVentures® program. This is a great way to narrow some of those learning gaps and get kids back on track with the socialization they may have missed out on during the pandemic.”

The truth about kindergarten readiness

Bubble aside, Joy offers parents the following information regarding kindergarten readiness in general:

How you can help

Reading aloud to children every day will also help prepare them for kindergarten. Our friends in the Kiddie Academy Education Department recommend the following books:

Goodbye Preschool
Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten, by Sonica Ellis and Nejla Shojaie

Kindergarten Rocks
Kindergarten Rocks!, by Katie Davis

The Night Before Kindergarten
The Night Before Kindergarten, by Natasha Wing and Julie Durrell

On the first day of kindergarten
On the First Day of Kindergarten, by Tish Rabe and Laura Hughes

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff

Kindergarten Here I Come
Kindergarten, Here I Come!, by D.J. Steinberg and Mark Chambers


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