Kindergarten: Ready or Not?

Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 9:31 am

(Total length: 57 min, 23 sec | 6-part series)

How will I know if my child is ready for Kindergarten? Meet a panel of Worthington-area Kindergarten teachers and find out the important skills and abilities they say children need to be ready for Kindergarten.

How will I know if my child is ready for Kindergarten? Judy Chosy, Director of Smoky Row Children's Center in Worthington, Ohio, says that this is one of parents' most frequently asked questions of teachers. In this annual program sponsored by Worthington Libraries, a panel of Kindergarten teachers from Worthington-area schools answers common questions from parents. Panelists include:

Moderator Judy Chosy opens the program by inviting parents in attendance to write down their questions on index cards. Chosy then poses parents' questions to the panel for thorough discussion. Questions addressed include:

  • What should I expect my child to be able to do now so that she will be ready for Kindergarten in the fall?
  • Are academic readiness and social maturity more important than age when deciding whether to let a child enter Kindergarten?
  • What are the disadvantages of allowing a child to start Kindergarten at age 4?
  • What are some specific red flags that indicate that my child is not ready to start Kindergarten?
  • What are the procedures to register my child at Worthington-area Kindergartens?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of full-day versus half-day Kindergarten?
  • What is a typical day in Kindergarten like?
  • Should I bring my child with me when observing a Kindergarten?
  • Can I send my child to a school other than our neighborhood school?
  • What reading series is used in each of the schools for Kindergarten?
  • Do each of the schools use everyday math in Kindergarten?
  • How important is preschool to Kindergarten success?
  • Should my child be able to read basic sight words upon entering Kindergarten?
  • What math-related activities should my child be able to complete upon entering Kindergarten?
  • How long can I wait until I have to decide about Kindergarten?

To conclude the program, Kim Gales, Youth Services Librarian, describes some of the many helpful resources for parents and for children available at Worthington Libraries, including informative books for parents and fiction and nonfiction books for children.

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