Whether or not to send your child to kindergarten is a concern for many parents.
We all want our children to succeed and whether or not you choose to put your
child in kindergarten can have a significant influence on their success in school
There isn’t just one indicator that determines whether your child is ready for
kindergarten. Experts agree that a child’s development needs to be evaluated in
several key areas. While academics is important, such as knowing their ABC’s,
counting to at least 10, identifying shapes and colors, writing their first name
and engaging in literature; there is a range of social and developmental factors
to consider as well. Is my
child able to pay attention
and control her impulses?
Can she follow simple
directions? Does she
persist even when a task
is difficult? Does she play
well with peers?
At Landmark, our Fives
program offers a
curriculum that is taught in
a small, personalized
using a hands-on approach
to learning. This engaging curriculum includes not only core subjects such as
phonics, literacy, math and science, but also incorporates special subjects such
as art, world language, technology, gym and music. The children in Landmark
Five’s program benefit from a challenging curriculum with support and
individualized attention that allows them to engage in learning while
For every parent grappling with this question, remember that you know your
child better than anyone else does. You are his first and most important teacher,
and ultimately you will know what is best for your child. If you are still unsure,
get advice from your child’s current preschool teacher. She will have a good idea
as to whether she thinks your child is ready or not based on your child’s
personality, temperament and abilities in the classroom.