It’s time to register children for kindergarten in our local public schools. Parents have so many questions about how to tell if their child is ready for kindergarten. Having three children who are public kindergarten graduates myself, I assure you that the more appropriate question (given the expectations of kindergarten today) is really, “Is my child ready to read?”. To follow is one of the best articles I have found on the subject of reading readiness because it considers the whole child.
My own children attended kinder at the start ages of 5 years 2 months, 5 years 8 months, and 6 years 3 months, in that order. If I could do it all over again, I would have waited another year to send my oldest. Like proponents of Waldorf education, my work with children has convinced me that children are developmentally suited to read in their late sixth or seventh year. Obviously children can be taught to read sooner, or figure it out on their own. What I see, however, is that other key developmental milestones can be forsaken (sense of self, social skills, gross motor skills, fine motor skills). I am aware that this is a sensitive subject!
Kinder Round Ups (we are in Texas y’all)
Leander ISD will hold its Kinder Round Up on April 16 and 17 from 7:30am-6:30pm. Click HERE to see which day the event is occurring at your neighborhood elementary.
Austin ISD will hold its Round Up on May 6. Find out more HERE.
Those early birds at Round Rock ISD and Georgetown ISD held their round-ups in March, but learn more about how to register your child in Round Rock schools HERE and Georgetown HERE.
P.S. Having your baby leave the nest is tough! We’re here to answer your questions and help you navigate new waters!