How can pre-k teachers and administrators ensure that their students are “ready for Kindergarten?”
In our report, 2016 State of Kindergarten Readiness, we surveyed kindergarten readiness expectations of pre-k and kindergarten educators and compared those expectations to the current practices in pre-k classrooms today.What we found is that kindergarten readiness encompasses the whole child. However, to develop the whole child, pre-k teachers must incorporate an equal emphasis on being developmentally ready to thrive and academically ready to learn in Grade K.
Whole Apple, Whole Child
We believe that to be truly kindergarten-ready, young children need instruction and guidance in two categories of skills, not just one—developmental readiness and academic readiness.
Developmental readiness is made up of the skills that allow children to function in a school environment. Can children pay attention, work well with others, exhibit self-regulation, and communicate their thoughts and feelings? Critical for success in kindergarten and beyond, these skills enable children to focus on other learning tasks, and encompass:
- Social-Emotional Development
- Language Development
- Gross & Fine Motor Skills
Academic readiness is made up of the skills that allow children to successfully learn foundational academic concepts and skills. Do children have an awareness of concepts of print, alphabetic knowledge, and numbers? Have children been exposed to complex vocabulary words and rich content-area topics? Equally critical for success, these skills serve as the academic foundation for all the learning yet to come, and encompass:
- Emergent Reading
- Content Areas
We’ve created the infographic below to further highlight the two parts of kindergarten readiness and what it looks like in the classroom. Take a look and download the free infographic today!