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Kindergarten can be an exciting time for you and your child because it sets the stage for his entire school career. You will look on in wonder as he grows into a more capable, confident, and enthusiastic learner. It is about this time in the summet when parentsbegin to think about registering for the first time.  The first step in a child’s ;life academically is usually kindergarten.

Five-year-olds come in all shapes and sizes. Some students are “off the chart” for size and physical dexterity. Others face severe challenges.

There are, however, certain traits you may see in a typical five-year-old:

  • He/She manages his own bathroom needs.
  • He/She has increased poise, coordination, and stamina.
  • He/She can hop, skip, and jump.
  • He /She favors one hand over the other.
  • HeShe  begins to lose baby teeth and get secondary teeth.
  • He/She is learning to tie his shoes, button his buttons, and zip his zipper.
  • He climbs stairs using alternating feet.
  • He can throw and may be able to catch a ball.

In kindergarten, your child will learn many of the basic skills needed to read, write, and do math. He or she will  also learn to get along with others and to follow rules.

What kindergarten teachers hope to see on the first day of school are children who are healthy, mature, capable, and eager to learn. In reality, however, they welcome all children into their classrooms regardless of what they can or cannot do. Their mission is to help all students grow in physical, social, behavioral, and language skills so they are prepared for the challenges of first grade.

Many children have been in daycare or Headstart programs for a while. They may come into kindergarten knowing more than their peers. Sometimes they know less. Do not be frightened by this. Children are typically quick learners.

Most of all enjoy this time with them. This is the start of a new world for them. Share yo0r experiences below. We really would like to hear from you.