Of course, every parent wants their children to learn, grow and develop. But children do not perform at the same rate. Some might be very fast at learning while others need more time and attention.
In this article, we are going to discuss how you can determine if your child is ready for kindergarten. If your child exhibits any of the following behaviours that will be listed below, it shows that he is not ready for kindergarten.
Difficulties following directions and listening
For your child to do well in kindergarten he has to know how to listen and take instructions from their teachers. If your child is intelligent and easily understands things but cannot follow instructions, he might not be able to cope in some international kindergarten. This obviously because kindergarten teachers give a lot of directions in order to teach.
If your child cannot follow simple directions listed below, then you need to spend more time teaching them to follow directions.
- Stand up
- Jump up
- Put on your coat
- Cover your ears
- Line up
Always in need of help
Children are not perfect so they tend to make mistakes from time to time. But if you observe that your child cannot carry out simple tasks like- dressing up, zipping up their coat, wearing their shoes, eating and pouring into to a cup. Then it shows that they will not be able to cope with kindergarten schools.
A child that is ready for school should be able to carry out simple and important tasks on their own without needing too much assistance.
If your child is not independent and requires you to help him a lot, then you probably should wait until he is ready.
It is natural for children to cry when they fall or bump into something from time to time. It is also normal for your child to cry on his first day of school. But you should be concerned when your child starts having separation anxiety. That is when they become overly upset about you leaving.
To determine correctly if your child is ready for kindergarten school, ask yourself this question; Can my child say goodbye and begin to engage in an activity that he finds intriguing at a kindergarten school?
Your answer to that question will determine if your child is ready or not.
Basically, children learn more when they are able to leave their parent without becoming upset or angry. A good actionable step parent can take in this regard is to start practicing how to say goodbye to their children in preschool and day care.
Doing this will prepare your child mentally, and ultimately help them cope with kindergarten.
Can they communicate properly?
It is important that a child is able to communicate properly to their teachers because if your child is able to communicate, he will be able to express his need to his teachers. Even more, communication is the foundation which a child can use to build a strong relationship with teachers and other adults.
Do they participate in a group activity?
Working as a team or in a group is difficult even for adults. So, before you enrol your child in an international kindergarten it is wise to ask yourself if your child play and interact with other kids. You need to also confirm if your child can take turns and share.
Asking your self these questions, you will be able to know for sure if your child is ready or not.
As a parent, you don’t have to feel bad or blame yourself if your child is not ready for kindergarten. What you should do is to seek help from help teacher and child development experts.