Find out how your child stacks up: Here are some developmental milestones that experts say can help you determine school-readiness.
- Hops on one foot for 5 feet.
- Cuts with scissors in a relatively straight line.
- Is able to copy a plus sign, a V, and a square.
- Asks a question and expresses a need.
- Answers questions with more than one word.
- Follows a three-step direction in order: Go to your room. Get your slippers. Turn out the light.
- Grasps simple comparisons: When shown two items, says which is bigger.
- Draws a stick person with five or more body parts.
- Is comfortable in a group.
- Works, shares, and plays with others.
- Follows directions and a routine.
Still not sure how to decide? Don't hesitate to ask the experts for advice.
- Find out what your child's preschool teacher thinks about his readiness. Did he make friends? Did he generally follow directions?
- Meet with the kindergarten teacher and observe the class. Is it formal? Or is it more informal, like a "learning center"? Remember that the students are at least a year older than your child. The question isn't "Could my kid do this now?" but "Can I see her doing this in a year?"
- Ask your pediatrician. Since she sees many kids your child's age and knows how they develop, she'd have a good sense of whether your child is on track for a successful school experience or whether he needs a bonus year.