Parents who have used Growing Like a Read activities with their children have provided them with a good basis of brain development for language and literacy skills. Educators look at additional domains to determine readiness. These include motor skills and social and emotional indicators.
Fine Motor Skills
If you have done finger plays and shown your child how to hold a pencil correctly to scribble and draw, you have worked on his/her fine motor skills. One that is often overlooked is cutting with scissors. Holding a pair of scissors correctly and cutting out simple shapes is part of Kindergarten readiness. When selecting a safety scissors, make sure that the holes have smooth edges and will not hurt when pressure is applied, and make sure it is not so dull it won’t cut paper. Also, determine if your child needs a right-handed or left-handed scissors. Like any physical skill this takes practice.
Gross Motor Skills
Skipping, hopping, jumping, pedaling fall into this category. For Kindergarten, children need to be able to hop and jump on one foot and balance on one foot for 5 seconds. Skipping smoothly takes practice. Sing “Skip to My Lou” and practice together.
Has your child played with other children? Do they help put away their toys? Are they cooperative and respond to another adult? Bringing your child to Story Time at the library will get them accustomed to all these behaviors.
Is your child curious and eager to learn? Will they persist in a task even if it difficult or a little frustrating? Can they transition easily from one activity to the next? Have they experienced time without you?
For more ideas and information on preparing your child for Kindergarten, as well the ability to keep track of the books you and your child read this summer,
check out the library Summer Reading webpage at
There is more information for both adults and children in the Explore Learning Pathways on Kindergarten Readiness links at the bottom of the page.