What is “School Readiness”?
“School readiness” is the stage of human development that enables a child to engage in and benefit from primary learning experiences. It starts with family support and relationships with friends and members of the community. A young child who has reached certain levels of physical well-being and motor development has acquired social and emotional capabilities and attained language and comprehension skills, coupled with general knowledge. Such attributes help children enter a classroom ready to learn. Children who succeed in school do well in life.
What skills do children need in order to succeed in school?
Ideally, it is important that children be:
- Socially adjusted, emotionally secure, and physically strong and coordinated.
- Able to communicate with adults and other children including showing an awareness of the print and letter-sound relationship, understanding stories, and demonstrating a love for books.
- Able to recognize and understand basic mathematical concepts including the ability to identify patterns and shapes and how to place items in a certain order.
- Aware of their environment, animal and plant life, as well as the roles of people in their families and communities.
- Comfortable with their creativity and appreciate expressing themselves through the arts.
- These skills and behaviors and knowledge prepare children to become successful learners.