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Kindergarten in California

For more information about Kindergarten please follow the California Department Of Education link : Kindergarten in California

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Kindergarten

Eligible Age for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Summary of Senate Bill 1381 - Simitian Bill

School Year Eligible Age for Kindergarten Eligible Age for 1st Grade (Year Born)
2011/12 -  5 on or before 12/2 6 on or before 12/2 2006
2012/13 -  5 on or before 11/1 6 on or before 11/1 2007
2013/14  - 5 on or before 10/1 6 on or before 10/1 2008
2014/15 and each school year thereafter 5 on or before 9/1 6 on or before 9/1 2009 and later.

Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?

Kindergarten Readiness

How do you know if your child is ready for kindergarten? Kindergarten readiness is a frequently asked question of the principal. Only you as the parent know the answers to these questions. Below are some items to ponder, keeping in mind that students are in a classroom with 30 other children at times and need to be as self sufficient as possible. Teachers look at readiness in five major categories. Notice that a child's intelligence is not a factor for consideration. The categories are as follows:

Social Skills and Kinesthetic
Does your child...

  • Share with others willingly?
  • Play alone without adult assistance?
  • Cooperate?
  • Work individually and in small groups?
  • Ask questions?
  • Have the confidence to separate from a parent or caregiver and stay with another adult. Is he/she a cling on?
  • Know how to roll, throw and catch a ball?
  • Know how to run, hop on one foot, jump, swing and gallop?

Academic Readiness
Does your child...

  • Show an interest in print and books?
  • Write his/her name in upper and lower case letters?
  • Use pencils, crayons, and markers?
  • Draw and recognize objects?
  • Count 10 objects and recognize numerals 1-10?
  • Know shapes and colors?
  • Recognize the names of upper and lower case letters out of sequence?
  • Know most letter sounds?
  • Sit still for 10 to 15 minutes?
  • Follow simple two-step directions?
  • Enjoy coloring and drawing?
  • Recognize his/her own name?

Hygiene Skills
Does your child...

  • Wash his/her hands?
  • Use a tissue to wipe nose?
  • Attend to bathroom needs with total independence?

Verbal Communication
Does your child...

  • Use the English language to express personal needs?
  • Express himself to be clearly understood by other adults beyond just family members?
  • Speak in complete sentences?
  • Engage other children and adults in conversation?

Personal Autonomy
Does your child...

  • Dress self?
  • Feed self?
  • Tie shoes or close Velcro?
  • Clean up after self?
  • Zip, button, snap clothing?

There are definite developmental issues unique to each child that can determine a child's successful transition into kindergarten. It has little to do with a child's intelligence. My gifted child was the least ready to enter kindergarten with a summer birthday. I often think that moms know in their hearts what's best for their child. We need to listen to our heart. The gift of an extra year for a young child may be just what is needed to allow time for a little extra maturation. That time should be wisely spent preparing students for the items listed above.

Kindergarten Readiness

(Reprinted from Kindergarten Readiness Checklist. http://school.familyeducation.com)

While there is no perfect formula that determines if a child is ready for kindergarten, parents can help their children acquire some basic skills that will prepare them for success in school. On the first day of school, teachers look forward to seeing children who are healthy, mature, capable and eager to learn.

It is useful for parents to have a clear understanding of what a child should know before starting kindergarten. The website familyeducation.com has compiled an extensive checklist to assist parents in preparing their children for school.

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Recognize rhyming sounds
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Understand that actions have both causes and effects
  • Show understanding of general times of day
  • Cut with scissors
  • Trace basic shapes
  • Begin to share with others
  • Start to follow rules
  • Be able to recognize authority
  • Manage bathroom needs
  • Button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers
  • Begin to control oneself
  • Separate from parents without being upset
  • Speak understandably
  • Talk in complete sentences of five to six words
  • Look at pictures and then tell stories
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Identify the beginning sound of some words
  • Recognize some common sight words like ?stop?
  • Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape
  • Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
  • Count to ten
  • Bounce a ball.

Check these Web Sites to help you get your child ready to begin Kindergarten:

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Kindergarten Registration Information

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Kindergarten Handbook

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