As this school year begins, some children will be entering pre-school and beginning to learn kindergarten readiness skills. The stakes are higher now for kindergarteners, with this grade becoming the “new first grade.” What was once a time for honing socialization skills, understanding school behaviors, and becoming familiar with the use of school utensils, kindergarten is now a place to jump in with both feet to learn math, language, and all about their world! Therefore, it is important for parents to be knowledgeable about what will be expected of their children when they open those kindergarten doors.
As therapists and teachers, it is important for us to understand this as well and to have resources at hand to help guide parents. The blog below, “10 Handy Helpers for Kindergarten Readiness,” is just that – a resource for professionals and parents to share. It provides a bit of research findings relative to kindergarten readiness, a general list of skills that kindergarteners are expected to have to enhance their learning and growth, and a group of easy-to-implement and family-friendly activities that can help build those readiness skills.
I hope that you will find it helpful! Just click on the little gal below to read the article!
As always, thank you for reading!
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Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the assessment and remediation of handwriting skills. In her current book, Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists, she shares a comprehensive guide and consistent tool for addressing handwriting development needs. She can be contacted via her website, Handwriting With Katherine.
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