When children start school usually depends on their age: if the child turns 6 on a certain cut-off date, parents are automatically notified by the school district. For children who turn 6 after the cut-off date, on the other hand – the so-called “can do” children – the question is: “Start school now or would you rather wait?”
Various criteria can influence early enrollment. These include the physical, intellectual, social and emotional maturity of the child.
Here Are A Few Clues For Parents Of Can-Do Children:
- is neither exhausted nor in need of a nap after kindergarten.
- can dress and undress quickly on their own.
- can cycle, balance, climb.
- masters fine motor coordination: e.g. when coloring and cutting out, tracing simple shapes, letters, numbers, when doing handicrafts.
- has a distinct hearing ability, (sound discrimination of B and P).
- has a distinct sense of sight, (ability to distinguish between p and q).
- can stand on one leg and hop on one leg.
- goes up and down stairs freehand.
- already sees himself as a school child?
- can narrate and describe in sentences, in correct chronological order, with intelligible pronunciation with sentence structure elements.
- follows the thread in narrations and can roughly reproduce the content.
- acts with foresight and thinks along.
- distinguishes important from unimportant.
- recognizes symbols, knows the meaning of characters.
- can concentrate for longer periods of time and complete a task (10 to 15 minutes).
- does not have to start over after an interruption.
- can remember names of other children and adults.
- can compare and distinguish, sort and measure – in terms of: smaller-larger, lighter-heavier, faster-slower, lighter-darker.
- can find familiar streets and places.
- can empathize with other people.
- can integrate into a group.
- obeys commandments and prohibitions.
- has contact with neighboring children.
- makes contact with strangers.
- is encouraged to participate in group activities.
- brings in own ideas and considers ideas of other children.
- can defend himself with words and does not hit immediately.
- can separate from caregivers.
- has learned to deal with his or her own feelings and desires to the extent that, due to his or her inner stability, he or she is not constantly angry, sad or furious when something does not work out or does not go according to his or her wishes.
- has confidence in himself.
- is proud of acquired skills and achievements.
- is not afraid of other children.
- does not need dolls, stuffed animals, etc. as companions.
Support Your Child!
Parents can do a lot in everyday life to make the start of school a little easier. By supporting their children in becoming independent, teaching them social skills and promoting their ability to concentrate.
This also includes practicing the way to school together. After all, first-graders have yet to learn the dangers of road traffic. That’s why they need to practice crossing the road safely and memorize the regular route.
You know your child best, and only you know whether he or she is really ready for school.