1 Minute weekly reading tipsTuesday, February 1st, 2011
Does your child have a summer birthday?
Thinking of holding your child back next year? If your child has a summer birthdays you might be thinking about him/her repeating a year of Pre-Kindergarten around this time of year. Save this list to consider around May of this year.
- Is your child ready for the expectations of Kindergarten?
- Does your childâ€¦ share, cooperate with other children, take turns, follow 2 and 3 step directions?
- Research confirms that all children held back or pushed forward arrive at the same relative academic place by third grade.
- Does your child know most of their letters and the sounds they make out of order?
- Can they write their first name?
- Being able to read at age 5 is not a Kindergarten requirement or expectation. Readiness comes at different points for all children.
- Is your child able to count to 20?
- Can your child draw a triangle? Research suggests that a child is ready to read when they can draw a triangle.
- Size- How will holding your child back affect his/her self-esteem compared to children a grade level younger or older with your decision?
- Extra-curricular- Team sports supported by Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, is one area where being the oldest gives children a competitive edge- Is this reason alone enough to hold a child back from a year of academic potential stimulation?
- Know your child, their excitement about learning, ability to listen, follow directions, and have a positive experience.
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