WHEN TO CONSIDER EARLY KINDERGARTEN ENTRY AND READINESS TESTING:
Although there is no perfect list of criteria to know whether your child is ready for kindergarten, you want to see that your child:
• Knows his or her ABC's and numbers at least 1-10 (even better
if he or she can sound out some simple words or recognize some
• Can potentially show applied math skills (i.e., he or she has four
blocks and can answer a question such as, "If I gave you two more
blocks, how many would you have?")
• Has demonstrated the ability to sit for periods of time in a structured
setting and attend a "lesson."
• Can handle separations from mom and dad well.
• Is excited and ready to go to "big school."
• Is able to play well with peers. (It's still normal for children to
squabble over toys or fight, but you want to see your child playing
well much of the time.)
• Has demonstrated the ability to respect adult authority figures (other
than you) by following directions and instructions.
• Can handle transitions during the day from one activity to the next.
• Is mature enough to be able to function comfortably with
approximately 23 older children throughout a 6-7 hour day.
NBC 17 MY CAROLINA TODAY KINDERGARTEN READINESS AND TESTING VIDEO –
EARLY KINDERGARTEN ENTRY AND REDSHIRTING IN NORTH CAROLINA
Ok, so your preschooler is smart. But what if he misses the August 31st deadline for entering kindergarten? Is he socially ready? What are the signs of kindergarten readiness? And what are the advantages of testing and starting your child early? Will math and reading skills will be tested? Does your child need a high I.Q.? Which learning activities will provide kids with the best preparation before starting school? And what is redshirting? (Should you red-shirt your children by holding them back an extra year?) Starting kindergarten can be a very intense and confusing topic for parents in the Raleigh, Cary, and Wake County NC area. Learn more about the process, pros and cons, guidelines, and resources for Early Entrance to Kindergarten. Dr. Kristen Wynns of Wynns Family Psychology answers your questions, provides advice, and explains how early kindergarten testing works. You can watch the full video interview on this page or view the NBC 17 My Carolina Today kindergarten readiness video here.
CAROLINA PARENT ARTICLE:
PROS AND CONS OF EARLY KINDERGARTEN ENTRY
It's important to provide a challenging environment and enriching curriculum when your child is ready for the next stage of learning. But his or her emotional, social, and behavioral maturity are also important considerations. Here you can review a quick pros and cons checklist regarding early entry to kindergarten.
WYNNS FAMILY PSYCHOLOGY TESTIMONIALS
"We just want to thank you so much for your encouragement! J is THRIVING in kindergarten and is happy to get on that bus every single day! His first report card was almost all 4's and O's (outstanding), and he received the 'Outstanding Eagle' award (similar to Student of the Month)!!! And he's not even five until next week! We are so happy for him! A million heartfelt thank you's!!! I really struggled with this decision and it has been a blessing, we will be forever grateful!!"
—Parent of a preschooler,
Early entry to kindergarten assessment and consultation
"(Child) did make it into kindergarten and is currently reading on a level 18 (First Grade Fourth Quarter). The AIG teacher loves him and pulls a group once a week for nurturing. And, he is taller than a lot of the six year olds in his class. Thank you for all that you have done to make his kindergarten year successful."
—Parent of a kindergartener,
Early entry to kindergarten testing
"I just want to thank you so much for your personal and approachable nature. I was very impressed with your knowledge-base and implementation concerning early entry. I am pleased to report that K is doing very well in Kindergarten!"
—Parent of a 4-year-old,
Early entry to kindergarten testing
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INFORMATION & SCHEDULING
Call (919) 805-0182 or email Info@WynnsFamilyPsychology for more information and to schedule an appointment. Most new clients are scheduled for their first full appointment at the Cary, NC office location within one to two weeks of calling.
Wynns Family Psychology is a child psychologist / therapist practice in the Cary NC area.