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What if I Wait to Enroll My Child in Kindergarten?

Traditional school days can be long for little people. In addition, parents often choose to keep their children home for as long as possible to cherish precious moments with their young ones.

Keeping children home until kindergarten is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of their academic preparation. Parents making this choice take on the responsibility to prepare their child for an academically advanced K5 (kindergarten) program.

Preparing Your Student for Kindergarten

Kindergarten programs will be looking for proficiency, not necessarily mastery, in the following areas:

  • Recognizing all 26 letters of the alphabet (lower and upper case) with sounds
  • Recognizing numbers 1to 100
  • Counting 1 to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s
  • Writing numbers 1-20
  • Understanding the concept of addition
  • Filling in the missing numbers (by 1s and 10s)
  • Identifying greater than and less than
  • Recognizing and completing patterns
  • Writing their name
  • Recognizing and drawing shapes
  • Identifying coins and their value
  • Telling time by the hour
  • Gripping a pencil properly and other fine motor skills

A Helping Hand

Some websites that can assist you in your efforts at home include:

Starfall.com

ABCya.com

Sheppardsoftware.com

Westminster also offers a Roadmap to Preschool Readiness guide as a complimentary resource to help you navigate the many choices during this stage of your child’s life.