Contributed by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation
Five-year-old Innocence loves “Curious George” books and fairy tales. Her friend Nzinga, also five, enjoys playing with friends and likes stories about animals. Both little girls enter kindergarten this fall and, according to educators at their preschool program at Southside Child Development Center (SCDC), they are well-prepared and ready to learn.
“Being ready for school isn’t about being able to read or do math problems,” says Sheila Pleasants, Executive Director of SCDC. “That’s the job of the kindergarten teacher.” Pleasants explained that school readiness is more about preparing a young child to handle the physical, social and mental demands of a busy day at school so that quality teaching and learning can take place. [See sidebar with tips on how to know if your child is ready for kindergarten.]