Your child is ready if he doesn’t get sick easily. A healthy immune system is a must for preschoolers because they will interact more in school and the risk of communicable diseases is more prevalent. Most importantly, he will miss a lot of lessons if he is always sick and absent from class.
If you can leave your child on his own, he is ready to attend class. It is natural for him to cry the first few days, but he will be used to it since you keep your promise of returning. Before school starts, you can orient him by doing role-play.
If your child can clearly convey what he wants and needs, he is ready for school. You will not always be there for your child, so it is important that the people around him understand what he needs. This is also helpful for the teacher to assess his learning abilities and achievement level.
A child’s level of concentration is also important. He must be able to sit and listen to the teacher for more than three minutes. Three minutes is the average attention span and lessons are timed this way. He will get the best out of a learning session if he is patient enough to participate in and finish exercises.
If you bring you child to the nearest playground and observe that he is ecstatic about his newfound playmates, he is ready for school. In kindergarten, his lessons will be taught in a group setting. He will learn best if he knows how to socialize and participate in group exercises.
Your child is ready if he can use scissors safely on his own. Using scissors require motor skills and coordination. Motor skills are most especially needed for learning how to write, for arts and crafts, tying shoes, buttoning pants and even playing ball during break time. An above average skill will be helpful for him to learn faster and enable him to finish more as well.
These points are only signs and are not a strict checklist. If your child needs improvement in some area, do not wait until he is 100% ready. The schoolteachers will help your child advance. If you know your child is not ready, you are right. Do not force him or it will be very hard on him psychologically. If he is ready, he will exude confidence and curiosity. Grab this chance to introduce him to the wonderful world of learning in school.