Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

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    Academic Readiness

    As in all areas, there are many academic differences among students who begin kindergarten with Durham Public Schools. There are no academic requirements students must pass to begin kindergarten.

    Many parents express concern about the testing or assessment that begins a kindergartner's school experience. These tests are used to determine a baseline or starting point for student learning and to inform teacher's instruction for each child.

    Students are typically assessed on their letter knowledge, concepts about print, reading level, basic math skills (such as counting, shapes, colors), and language skills. These assessments help teachers to identify where children are academically and create the best learning environment for each child. Many parents often enjoy meeting with their child's teacher at the end of the year to look at where their children started and how far they have come! 


    The Five Areas of School Readiness:

    • Language and Literacy
    • Cognition and General Knowledge
    • Approaches toward Learning
    • Physical Well Being and Motor Development
    • Social and Emotional Development


    • A balanced approach including thinking, listening, reading, writing and word study
    • Independent, modeled, guided and shared instructional approaches
    • Informal and formal assessments


    • Development of number sense and reasoning using a conceptual approach
    • Understanding of operations and problem solving
    • Hands on learning encouraged through student exploration
    • Informal and formal assessments

    Social Emotional Support

    • Availability of Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers
    • Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)
    • Restorative Practices
    • Mental health support
    • Safety and health as a priority
    • District focus on equity 




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           Routines and Transitions

    • Transitioning from one activity to another
    • Transitioning from one location to another

           Meal Skills

    • Opening food items (sandwich bags, juice boxes etc.)
    • Drinking without a straw
    • Carrying a tray
    • Making food choices

            Social Skills

    • Interaction with adults
    • Interaction with peers
    • Using coping skills
    • Solving disagreements
    • Separating from parents

           Expressing Needs and Wants

    • Asking for help
    • Making choices; preferred activities, food choices etc.


           Self Help Skills

    • Waiting
    • Taking turns
    • Personal care: Hand washing, toileting and nose blowing
    • Managing clothing
    • Managing personal items such as toys