Kindergarten Essentials READY, SET, GO!

Ask the Experts by Pam Cronovich, Christine Miller and Melissa Sharp

Helping Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten GET READY

Q: Now that spring is almost here, what can parents do to help their child get ready for kindergarten?

A: Readiness for Kindergarten can be found in many forms. Early academic skills and concepts will give your child a strong base as he or she enters kindergarten. But there are equally important readiness skills that set the stage for your child’s learning.

Raising an eager learner is the goal, and it can be achieved through play and day-to- day activities.

Here are some readiness skills that kindergarten teachers look for:

  • Enthusiasm toward learning: Does your child ask questions, take initiative, and persist when tasks are difficult?
  • Solid oral/language skills: Research shows that one of the best predictors of reading success is a well developed oral vocabulary in kindergarten.
  • The ability to listen: Listening is a key part of school behavior. Children must be able to concentrate on what the teacher is saying, listen carefully to directions, and tune in to the sounds in letters and words.
  • The desire to be independent: Encouraging self help is an important step in preparing your child. Remember, it may be quicker for you to do it, but independence is critical for helping your child adjust to school. Children entering kindergarten should have independent bathroom and dressing skills.
  • The ability to play well with others: Your child will need your assistance refining essential social skills such as sharing, compromising, turn-taking, and problem-solving. They should also be able to express their feelings in words and begin to understand two people can use the same thing at the same time.
  • The ability to follow routines: Help your child grasp the concept of blocks of time to help with transitions. Establish healthy home routines. Eat healthy meals and snacks sitting together. Have an active playtime and a peaceful rest time. Create morning and bedtime routines that are predictable and promote independence.

This Ask the Experts article was written by:
Pam Cronovich, Veteran Kindergarten teacher, Grosse Pointe Schools
Christine Miller, Retired Kindergarten teacher, Fraser Public Schools
Melissa Sharp, Director-Assumption Nursery School and Toddler Center

Pam Cronovich is a veteran Kindergarten teacher at Kerby Elementary School in the Grosse Pointe Public School System. She has been a Grade Level Leader in Kindergarten for several curriculum areas. Pam has also taught in special education as a teacher consultant, a resource room teacher, and as a self-contained class teacher. Pam has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education for Emotionally Impaired Children. She has a Master of Science in Special Education for Learning Disabled Children. Pam has advanced course work in Social Work and Early Childhood Education, and is a member of the National and Michigan Associations for the Education of Young Children. She can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (313) 432-3832.

Chris Miller retired from Fraser Public Schools after 38 years of teaching Kindergarten and Young 5's. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University. Currently she is working as a Kindergarten Intervention Specialist in the Fraser district. She can be reached at (313) 917-3851.

Melissa Sharp is the Director at Assumption Nursery School & Toddler Center and has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She is also a member of the National and Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children. She can be reached at (586) 772-4477. Assumption Nursery School & Toddler Center is a member of The Family Center’s Association of Professionals.

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Kindergarten Essentials – Ensuring a Successful Transition for Your Child

Presenters: Pamela Cronovich, Christine Miller and Melissa Sharp

February 27, 7 p.m. – FREE
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