Kindergarten Readiness

Every spring our office received phone calls from parents who were trying to decide whether their child would be ready for kindergarten in the fall.  I spent hours meeting with some of these new parents, and talking with them on the phone.  This was probably a bigger issue in Michigan because our cut off date is Dec. 1, so many 4 year olds qualify to begin our full day program.  Of course chronological age is not the only or the best way to tell whether children are ready for school.

When we spoke with the group of parents of incoming kindergartners I stressed that it is so important to consider the whole child.

So often parents see that their child is very mature in one area, but they may be very young in other areas.

I gave them a little information about each area:

But ultimately it is the parents’ decision.

This is a guideline we shared with all parents of incoming children to give them an idea of the skills that a successful kindergartner usually has before starting school.

We also gave them some ideas of things they could do with their child over the summer to help them make the transition to school easily.

I liked to send home calendars of activities that families might do over the summer.   I wanted these things to be fun, but also expose children to lots of language, letters, shapes, colors, counting, motor skills, and simple science concepts.  These calendars are not the same ones I sent out at the end of kindergarten, these are geared specifically for incoming children.

Hey, I love those preschool teachers that read my blog sometimes – please feel free to use these too!

Here are printable copies for you!

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I am thinking of all of you as you finish all the assessments, projects and clean up that is required at the end of the year – and missing all the hugs!




11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Versana
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 16:57:42

    Thanks so much for sharing the transition to Kindergarten tips with us. You are right, every year parents beg for more understanding of what their child should be able to do. Have a great day!


  2. Lisa Peterson
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 23:10:47

    Thanks so much for sharing this – we have similar problems in Hawaii as the cut off date is Dec 31. But the students whose b-days are between Aug 1 and Dec 31 are considered Jr. Kindergarteners and the teachers and parents work together to decided whether the student should be promoted to (regular) Kindergarten or to 1st grade the next year. This way we can do what’s best for each student individually. I can’t wait to use some of what you shared today with my Jr. Kindie parents next year!!


  3. Holly
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 13:36:27

    These are wonderful!!! Thank you for sharing. I can think of many ways to use your well-laid out and organized information with parents.
    Thanks again!


  4. Kris
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 18:56:50

    These are absolutely wonderful! I teach in San Diego and we have so many parents asking the question of whether to send their kiddos or to wait a year.


  5. Heidi
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 16:50:45

    Thank you for sharing! We are getting ready to have a parent evening to go over just these ideas. I love the calendars. What a great way to get the students thinking about and excited about Kindergarten!


  6. Krissy
    May 30, 2014 @ 21:23:47

    Just stumbled upon this, looking for new info to send to incoming Kindergarteners. This is awesome! Thanks!!!


  7. Sharon Jackson
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 18:25:24

    hi there, kindergarten nana! i would like to visit with you about using your materials. do you email privately? thanks!


  8. Varaporn
    Feb 04, 2016 @ 03:02:49

    i love your ideas. many thank.
    I’m Thai. In Thailand
    no more people can speak English but the language is the most important for us.
    i have 2 son. i will give this for them.
    my sincerely,


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