What must a child know for kindergarten? There are government standards for kindergarten readiness, and even more lofty ideals to prepare these tiny people for ambitious careers. I think it is safe to say, all of us want to offer our children every advantage that we can, but what if we have it all wrong? In this post I will give you the truth about what kids must know for kindergarten readiness.
I want to be clear, reading, writing, and math skills are essential kindergarten readiness. I submit that some of those skills may come more efficiently for children if they are taught later and after more foundational skills are mastered first.
Before a child can learn properly, he has to feel safe, to feel attached to a loving caregiver, master his body, cope emotionally, navigate socially, and be as physically and mentally healthy as possible. In this post, I want to share with you some fresh ideas about the truth about what kindergarteners need to know to succeed in life and some of it might surprise you.
Maybe you are here because you have a 4 or 5-year old that you want to prepare for formal learning. Maybe you were hoping for a checklist of the academic skills he or she will need to be a successful kindergartener. You will not find that here.
Even so, I am so happy you found me because I am going to give you the lesser-know, yet even more valuable things your kindergartener must know, so you can help equip your child for a great start in life!
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What kids must know kindergarten: their safety
The proper name for body parts
Grownups’ full names (parent or guardian)
How to behave in an emergency (for example, what to do if there is a fire)
How to call emergency services
What kids must know kindergarten: their bodies
Brush and floss teeth properly
Fastening clothing: zippers, buttons, tying shoes
Knowing hunger and thirst cues
Pump a swing
Cross monkey bars
Hop on one foot
Ride a bike or balance scooter
Cross-body activities (windmills)
Body/space awareness (spinning)
Varied Sensory Input Opportunities (i.e. Playdough)
What kids must know kindergarten: socially and emotionally
Loving attachment to a caregiver
Coping with separation
Asking for help
Asking for comfort
Naming and holding personal boundaries
Saying no with firmness and kindness
Sticking up for a friend
What kids must know to understand their role in relation to the world
Name wildlife and birds around the home
Names for flowers, trees, and plants around the home
Caring for animals
Caring for nature by not harming it
Lifeskills and Chores
Putting away toys
Organizing and caring for belongings
What kids must know kindergarten: mental health
Naming of feelings
Coping with uncomfortable feelings
Reading a responding to social clues
Cope with feeling bored
Self-soothing repertoire (learn what calms oneself)
This not an exhaustive list of what children need to know, nor is it inclusive of the needs of all children. It should not be taken as advice. This post anecdotal to help us think of new ways of parenting our children to be healthy adults someday and happy children now. I am not a professional educator or licensed in human development or anything similar. I am an educated, curious, hard-working mother who has learned that some of the cultural expectations we have are not serving us well and that challenging ourselves to go beyond that status quo.
Some resources in used to prepare for this post: What if Instead of Behind These Kids are Advanced, Ability to Regulate Emotions study, Soft Skills Disconnect, Stop Worrying About Your Preschoolers Education, Early Childhood Education Does Not Stop, Montessori Soft Skills
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Here at Altogether Mostly, you will find grace, compassion, joy, and beauty. I use empathy and a little tough love to bring out the best in people. I live in the Midwest United States with my loving husband and awesome children. For more about me and Altogether Mostly, please visit my about page here.