This is a sponsored post on behalf of Learning Resources. As always, all opinions remain 100% my own. Visit Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten, my guest post on the Learning Resources blog, to get a full outline of each skill your child needs for kindergarten, as well as resources and games to prepare them!
How do you know if your child is ready for kindergarten? It’s one of those questions that belongs next to “how do you know if you’re ready to have a baby?” The truth is, your child is probably more ready than you are… and a month into the school year, all of your fears will be soothed. But that doesn’t make right now any easier. When I posed the question to my mom, a 30 year, veteran kindergarten teacher, she outlined a kindergarten readiness checklist for parents to help answer the question and prove to nearly all of us just how ready our kids really are! Get your printable checklist below.
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist for Parents
My oldest starts kindergarten next week, and while the mere mention of the word has her grinning from ear to ear, it leaves my stomach a jumble of knots and sends my heart racing. So moms, I’m right there with you. Fortunately, I have my mom to turn to – a 30 year veteran early childhood teacher. Last year, she shared her advice for parents before your child’s first day of kindergarten… and this year, as we faced the first day of kindergarten in our family, she helped assure me my oldest was ready by outlining a checklist for parents of the basic skills every kindergartener needs to succeed in their first year of school. You can grab a downloadable printable version of the checklist at the end of this post.
And don’t panic – this isn’t an all or nothing kind of list. Use it as a guide to the skills teachers expect the average kindergartener to walk into their classroom with on Day 1. Are you worried your 5 year old needs to work on one or two areas? Check out my Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten guest post for Learning Resources this month to see a complete explanation of each skill, how to build the skill set with your child, as well as resources and recommended activities for each item on the list.
This kindergarten readiness checklist for parents is also an excellent starting point for parents who are trying to decide whether or not to redshirt their rising kindergartener.
More Kindergerten Readiness Reading
For more reading to prepare your child (and yourself) for your child’s first day of kindergarten, you may also enjoy:
- 10 Skills Every Child Needs to Be Ready for Kindergarten | Learning Resources
- 10 Things to Know for Your Child’s First Day at Kindergarten | Playground Parkbench
- Back to School Teacher Gifts | Playground Parkbench
- Dear New Kindergarten Mom | Mama by the Bay
When does your child start kindergarten? What are you most worried about for their first day of school? first YEAR of school? For more great tips on preparing yourself and your child for your child’s education, check out our Back to School and Kindergarten boards on Pinterest!
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