School season is among us once again, and for us who parent kids three to five years old, we probably have the same question lingering in our heads: Is my child school-ready? We try to pick up on cues to check if they can take on the new challenges pre-school has to offer. More important than age are these helpful signs that can guide you in determining if it’s time to let the little ones explore the classroom world:
- Skill emergence
You notice that what used to be squiggles on paper are now concise drawings of shapes. Your kid could also display noticeable interest in singing, dancing, or sports. The curiosity in books and reading aloud just got higher. If your child is showing off any skill of great improvement compared to earlier years, this could mean that enrollment should already be on the table.
Can your tot prepare a simple meal (like cereals in a bowl of milk) and feed himself with minimal supervision? Is brushing his teeth and dressing him up still on your daily to-do list? Does he tell you when it’s time to go potty? Can he go number 1 and clean up afterwards? A child with a sense of independence can definitely go a few hours without a parent in sight at school.
We’re not talking about that hyper-focused look they get during gadget time. Kids who have enough concentration to finish a simple task – for instance, putting all toys back in the bin – are going to participate and focus better during class activities.
- Social skills
Children who interact well with other kids and adults are more likely to observe proper classroom decorum (of course with their own dash of personality). These are the delightful bunch who usually bid mommies and daddies bye-bye right after they are left with playmates and friends.
- Verbal agreement
While the other points can and will be taught in school as well, if your kid is practicing them at home at this point, then what validation is there to look for but to ask your child how stoked he or she is to start! If the contrary, maybe an encouragement from you is what they exactly need.
Who else could better figure out your child’s readiness but you, your spouse, and your kid? Make it a family decision without any pressure. After all, prepping for the academic world would take a team, right? 😉