Education Professionals Recommend Waiting to Enroll Your Child in Kindergarten if They Aren’t Ready

Starting school is a big step in a child's life, making sure they are mature enough to handle a full day of education is important for their future. Educators say there are no drawbacks from waiting to enroll your child if they aren't ready.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 6:53 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) —Registration for the next school year is just around the corner, and some parents will be registering their children for the first time. Starting school is a big step in a child's life, making sure they are mature enough to handle a full day of education is important for their future.

"You know if they come into kindergarten and they just aren’t ready, but they know just enough where they move on to first grade it just builds and builds from 1st grade to 2nd grade to 3rd grade and each year could be a little more difficult than the last for that child," said Kara Meyer a kindergarten teacher Burnett Creek Elementary School.

That's why education professionals recommend waiting to enroll your child until they are able to perform daily tasks independently.

"Can they get their coat on independently, can they stand in a line, can they listen to a story or do a task quietly and independently for roughly 10 minutes at a time without needing a lot of assistance and redirection," added Meyer. “Those are all things parents should ask before enrolling their children in kindergarten.”

Counselors say enrolling children into kindergarten before they are ready can sometimes have negative effects.

"We do see that sometimes it does hurt their confidence when they feel like the others are progressing faster than they are," said Jerilyn Brooks a Counselor at Burnett Creek Elementary School.

While some children are able to start kindergarten before they are five years old, educators say age is a factor in maturity.

"The developmental readiness comes with age, not necessarily what they know academically, "added Meyer.

If parents do decide to wait on enrolling their kids in school, education professionals say there aren't any negatives in doing so.

"From my experience, I haven't seen any negatives from holding your child back. Trust your gut. If you feel like they’re not ready, then wait that extra year, "added Brooks.

The Tippecanoe School Corporation will host Kindergarten Roundup for the 2020-2021 school year Wednesday, April 8 at all 11 of its elementary schools.  For more information on registration click here. 

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