Young children develop and mature at very different rates and in 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 abilities in the dimensions of early learning and development are important in determining a child’s readiness for the expectations the child will encounter in kindergarten. Areas of informal assessment include:
- Language and Communication Skills
- Emergent Literacy Abilities
- Cognitive Abilities
- Physical and Motor Development (gross motor, fine motor, and graphomotor)
- Social Development
- Emotional Development
- Approaches Towards Learning
Dr. Cappelloni provides the following services:
- Consulting with families to discuss their child’s readiness for kindergarten
- Helping families in their decisions in 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.