Preparing for kindergarten is less about knowing numbers and letters, and is more about instilling a love of learning.
It is important for kindergarten children to have expectations appropriate for their physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities. Learning goals should align with the kindergarten teacher’s goals to support a successful school experience.
From birth to the first day of kindergarten, parents, teachers and community leaders should be thinking about how to prepare children for school. Their early home and community environments should support learning and development.
Specific academic skills often thought to be prerequisites for school success can easily be learned by children whose needs in the following five areas have been met:
- Health and physical well-being
- Social and emotional well-being
- Approaches to learning
- Language development
- General knowledge about the world around them
School Readiness Resources
- Ready for Success
- Nebraska Early Learning Guidelines
- Early Learning Foundations
- Early Learning Foundations Order Form