Nancy L. Cappelloni, M.A., Ed.D.
Educational Consultant
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Kindergarten Readiness
Preparing your child for a successful start to school      

Entering kindergarten ready to learn is essential to ensure that every child experiences a positive, happy, and academically successful year. The kindergarten year has been shown to have important consequences for a child's acquisition of knowledge and skills that are powerful determinants for later school success.
Readiness skills at the start of kindergarten are associated with educational outcomes in later years.

Young children develop and mature at very different rates and in very different ways. There are many factors that contribute to a child's readiness for kindergarten besides age and preschool experience. Consulting with the family, communicating with the preschool, and working with the individual child to understand the child's strengths, challenges, and areas needing further development all facilitate the process of making an informed and knowledgeable decision about kindergarten entry. 

Assessing a child's skills and abilities in all domains of early learning and development are important in determining a child's readiness for the expectations the child will encounter in kindergarten. Informal assessment in the critical areas of early learning and development include:
  • Emotional development
  • Social development
  • Approaches toward learning
  • Language and communication skills
  • Emergent literacy abilities
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Physical and motor development (gross motor, fine motor, and graphomotor)    

Dr. Cappelloni provides the following services:   
  • Consulting with families to discuss their child's readiness for kindergarten
  • Helping families in their decision about choosing a preschool and/or kindergarten
  • Meeting with the individual preschool age child to assess the child's readiness for kindergarten
  • Working with the individual preschool age child to strengthen specific readiness skills and abilities
  • Providing professional development for preschool and kindergarten teachers regarding all aspects of kindergarten readiness, including implementing kindergarten readiness programs, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten readiness assessments, and transitional practices                 

Kindergarten Readiness Programs  

      The transition to kindergarten is an important component of kindergarten readiness. The collaboration between the family, preschool, and kindergarten has important consequences for the child's adjustment to the new demands of kindergarten.  To help facilitate a smooth and successful adjustment to kindergarten, Dr. Cappelloni designs, directs, and teaches several Kindergarten Readiness programs during the year. The underlying goal of these Kindergarten Readiness programs is to nurture all areas of early learning and development through exposure, exploration, and engagement. Children are introduced to many routines, materials, and activities that they will encounter in kindergarten. Understanding daily routines, playing, sharing, and working cooperatively with other children; learning to be a good listener and active participant; embracing new challenges; and developing greater independence, curiosity, social skills, and problem solving are all fostered. There are many opportunities to develop early literacy skills, a love for reading, and a love for learning.

For Kindergarten Readiness winter, spring, and summer programs contact:
 Belvedere-Tiburon Recreation at Dairy Knoll 415-435-4355

Preschool:Why is a good preschool so important?
Preschool is an important milestone in a child's life. For most children, this is their first formal introduction to literacy, cognitive development, following directions, sharing, and interacting with others outside of their family. Preschool serves both to broaden the child's general knowledge about the world and as a bridge, or transition, from the security of the home to the more formal kindergarten classroom. A good preschool will nurture the child through developmentally appropriate activities; encourage play, creativity, discovery, and exploration; help develop social skills, self-help skills, and independence; and will give the child a foundation in language development and early literacy skills. In choosing a preschool for your child, there are many factors that go into the decision. Dr. Cappelloni consults with families to discuss their concerns and their individual child's needs.
   Nancy  Cappelloni, EdD   
(415) 366-0266  
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