It’s that time of year again – registration. Whether this is your first child and you aren’t sure whether to give them another year at preschool, or this is your fourth and you are just doing what you did for the other three, it may be important to step back and really observe your child at play and in preschool. Kindergarten is an important step in your child’s life and education, and sending them too early could mean that they spend their educational career feeling behind. Our New Cumberland child development center can help you make that decision. Ask yourself the following questions and contact us today to get a report based on our teacher’s observations.

Can they follow simple directions?

In general, most children are very stubborn and choose to do whatever they wish. Watch to see if your child is able to follow simple directions from you and their teacher.

Can they sit still for significant periods of time?

Kindergarten is much more focused on class participation and lessons. A child is probably not ready for this kind of environment if they have trouble sitting still long enough to listen to their teacher.

Are they able to control emotions?

This is one of the main reasons why we encourage parents to wait until their child is five to enroll them in kindergarten. Being able to control emotions is an essential part of cooperative play and learning.

Can they use the restroom alone?

While we have the children under supervision to create a safe environment, each child should understand when they have to use the bathroom, and should be able to take care of it themselves.

Do they understand cooperative play?

We understand not all children like to play with others, but it is important for your child to begin to form friendships and be able to cooperatively play with their peers.

These are just a few of the signs that your child is ready for kindergarten. Learn more from our teachers at Learning & Sharing, and contact us today to reserve your spot!