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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: People Have Different Things
    Kindergarten Prep: People Have Different Things Your child already knows that people need food to eat, a home to live in, and clothing to wear. These are the most basic of human needs, but not all people eat the same food, live in the same kinds...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet There is every real possibility that your child's kindergarten classroom will have a set of rules posted on the wall. In every community there must be rules, which provide some sense of order and boundar...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
    While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist below to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists. Check the s...
    Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S.
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Spending Time With Friends
    Kindergarten Prep: Spending Time With FriendsFriendship is an important part of kindergarten success. Young children need to feel accepted by their peers and have the skills to play cooperatively, productively, and positively with others. What ...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation Anxiety
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation AnxietyUp to this point in her life, your child has pretty much been exclusively in your company. That is to say, except for visits to relatives, she's always been around you and she knows you're there to take care ...
  • Two boys cleaning up toys in gym class
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time In the kindergarten classroom, your child will be expected to do her share of taking care of the classroom environment. This can include anything from picking up blocks after play to throwing away trash after sn...
  • Preparing for Preschool
    10 Free Summer Learning Printables for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners
    Print these early reading, math, and learning worksheets to help your child prepare for preschool or kindergarten over the summer. Also, print this Preschool and Kindergarten Workbook for even more printables from our friends at Funbrain Jr. ...
  • Two young kids playing soccer outside
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Sportsmanship
    Kindergarten Prep: Sportsmanship Being a good sport is a tough concept for kids to wrap their minds around. Young children naturally want to be the first in line or the winner of every game, and when they don't win or get to be first, they can ...
  • Young girl on floor painting picture
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing Tools
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing ToolsIn learning to write, your child first needs time to explore a variety of writing tools. Over time you will introduce how to hold writing tools properly and your child will begin to perfect her skills in using tho...
  • Kindergarten Readiness
    Redshirting Kindergarteners: A New Trend for Academic Gains
    Redshirting Kindergarteners: A New Trend for Academic Gains Kindergarten isn't what is used to be. Instead of half a day of painting and playtime, the classroom now has a more rigorous agenda than ever, including a full school day, math and read...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Early Learning Printables
    Preschool and Kindergarten Workbook
    Help your little learner prepare for preschool and kindergarten with this free workbook filled with math and reading activities, featuring the lovable characters from FunbrainJr.com. This kindergarten readiness checklist is another great guide to...
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Is Kindergarten Ready for Your Child?
    Is Kindergarten Ready for Your Child? Besides considering your child's needs, abilities, and maturity, you also should take the time to evaluate the kindergarten program in your school district. Finding out about your local kindergarten will giv...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Ready or Not, Here I Come: When to Start Kindergarten
    Ready or Not, Here I Come: When to Start Kindergarten Q-tip If you aren't sure whether your child has the social maturity needed to cope with kindergarten, consult your child's preschool teacher. She or he may have a better idea of how your chil...
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    Kindergarten Readiness
    Has Preschool Prepared Your Child for Kindergarten?
    Has Preschool Prepared Your Child for Kindergarten? Preschool can provide an important introduction to the notion of schooling. For many children, preschool provides a "head start" in learning certain academic skills that they will be expected t...
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Screening Tests
    Kindergarten screening tests are not always reliable testing instruments. ...
  • General Math Printables
    Get Ready to Add and Subtract
    This handout suggests small activities for families to help improve their child's math readiness. ...
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    Gifted Education
    Parent Fears Kindergarten Will Be Too Easy
    If your child is gifted, you should meet with the classroom teacher as early as possible in the year. ...
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    Kindergarten Language Arts
    Kindergarten Reading Skills
    This expert explains that the focus in the typical kindergarten class is on teaching children pre-reading skills. ...