Is Your Kid School-Ready?

Age is not the only factor that determines whether your child is school-ready or not. There are lots of things to consider. If you’re wondering whether your little one is school-ready or not, this checklist is for you.

by Jen Chuaunsu, 21 June, 2017


Age is not the only factor that determines whether your child is school-ready or not. There are lots of things to consider. If you’re wondering whether your little one is school-ready or not, this checklist is for you.


1. Motor Skills

Can your child hold a pencil on his own? Can she cut with scissors without harming herself? Your kid will need some mastery of gross and fine motor skills when he or she begins writing, learning, and making crafts in school.


2. Learning Skills

Does your child try to “read” a book and figure out the story based on the pictures? Chances are, he is ready to learn how to read. Is he curious about things? Does he ask a hundred questions? Does he recognize basic shapes? Can he count from one to ten? Does he recognize a few colors? These questions will help you figure out if your kid is academically ready for school.


3. Social Skills

Kids learn more than their ABCs in school. They develop their social skills as well. They learn to share their toys with their classmates. They learn that it is bad to hurt other children. Ask yourself, does your kid get along well with other children? Does she know how to wait for her turn? Can she interact with other children without throwing a tantrum? If you answered yes to these questions, then your child is socially ready for school.


4. Health and Safety

You won’t be able to look out for your kid 24/7 like you used to do. So it’s important for him/her to develop some healthy habits. Can he/she follow simple safety rules? Is he/she the type to climb over railings even if it’s not allowed? Does he/she have a habit of pushing things up his/her nose or putting nonfood items in his/her mouth? Your kid has to be able to follow simple health and safety instructions, so he/she won’t end up in the emergency room once school begins.