It’s your child’s first year in school where they learn literacy and math skills, kindergarten.
But, how do you know if they are ready to start after preschool.
“Parents should make sure if their child has a well developed preschool skill set. But, it is not just academically. We look at academics, social, physical, emotional,” said Kristin Ehrmantraut, Kindergarten teacher at Highland Acres Elementary School.
Academically children should be able to speak in complete sentences, do basic counting, write and recognize the letters in their name.
Socially they should be comfortable within a group, ask questions, and recongnize authority.
When it comes to physically and emotionally, they should have fine motor skills and manage bathroom skills by themselves.
“We look for them to be five years old by July 31st and sometimes if a child has a late spring or summer birthday. That could be a consideration for them waiting and giving them another year of experience in preschool, said Ehrmantraut.
As a parent it is normal to get a little anxious sending your child off to school for the first time.
“Ultimately, parents know their child the best, some areas they can look for is that they are consistent in all settings. Whether they are at home or out in public. Also, if they are in doubt they can always come and visit with the upcoming kindergarten teacher or tour the school,” said Ehrmantraut.
Children who are five years old on or before July 31 can be registered for fall kindergarten in Bismarck Public Schools online. The deadline to register is March 1st.