Is my child ready for Kindergarten? How do I know?

08/12/2010 | Leave a Comment

I am a public school girl. All of my education was in a public school setting: elementary, junior high, high school, college and graduate school. My husband and I were prepared to go the public school route for our children. At the last minute, we changed our minds and decided to explore what independent schools had to offer our children. Making the decision to go through the “process” was easy. The testing and waiting were not so easy. Although I was very confident in my child’s abilities, I was not sure what he would do when he was in a private room with a lady he did not know at all or in a classroom with a group of children he may or may not know.

As a parent of young children, I know how stressful the process can be for a parent. One of the reasons I developed our Kindergarten Readiness Assessment was to provide parents with a better idea of their child’s skills before going into a testing situation.

What is Little Scholars Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)? KRA is a one on one analysis of a child’s readiness for Kindergarten through results on six subtests including reading readiness, math concepts, language, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and social skills. Additionally, a letter and sound identification checklist will be completed. Following the KRA, an in-depth report of the student’s abilities and suggested activities to improve any areas needing assistance.

When is the KRA administered? KRA is administered before the child goes through Kindergarten testing. Typically, we recommend the assessment to be completed in August through November for independent schools and December or January for public schools.

What are the benefits of KRA? The KRA provides the opportunity to learn as much as possible about the student’s abilities and any factors that might interfere with his or her learning. Little Scholars’ assessment has been instrumental in identifying and overcoming problems and accelerating learning for students. With the KRA results, parents have an added tool in determining the most advantageous avenue for their child’s educational future.

Read More About the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment

Download our Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

Talking points from our Kindergarten Readiness Workshop

If you would like to learn more about your child’s abilities or Little Scholars’ Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, please contact us at sjefferson@littlescholarsllc.com or 804-241-6006.

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