Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Kindergarten Readiness...Not Just an Age Thing
As an early childhood educator I know that Kindergarten readiness is much more than a chronological age listed on a form. It is a composite of the development of the whole child in which all domains (cognitive, social, adaptive, and physical) are taken into consideration. For example, where one child may be reading before Kindergarten begins, he/she may lack important social skills that are equally as important for success in a formal school environment.
In the past five years I have seen a new approach taken by parents. Some are making a conscious decision to delay Kindergarten for an additional year to allow their child to be the oldest child in class, instead of the youngest. I am intrigued by this, particularly because I have seen an increase in this school of thought, and wonder if it tied into the national climate of high-stakes testing in public schools.
I found a recent article, "Who's Ready for Kindergarten?" in The New York Times. It is actually a collection of various opinions written by educators and researchers. All with valuable viewpoints and meaningful "a-ha" statements.
Take a look, see what you think, and let me know. I would love to read your comments about this subject.