When families sit down to discuss school readiness, the focus always goes straight to academic skills. When will my child be able to read? When should she be able to write her name? When should he be able to count to 10, 20 or 100? Although academic skills are important, they are really only about 20% of the skill set that a child needs to be successful in Kindergarten. In fact, most Kindergarten teachers will tell you that they can teach academic skills if they are not in place; however, the entire class is at a disadvantage if the other skills missing. Here is a brief list of skills that young children should have in place to be successful in Kindergarten:
Dr. Sarah Vanover has been working in the field of early childhood education for over 22 years and has had the opportunity to be a teacher, a director, and a trainer for other early childhood educators. She has a passion for making sure that children with special needs receive high-quality early care and education.