Your Child at 5
This is a big year for your child! He/She may start kindergarten, gain a new sense of independence, make some big developmental achievements and continue to develop social relationships.
Your local school district can provide all of the information you need about registering a child for Kindergarten. One important step is to check with your doctor to ensure that your child has the required immunizations.
Visit Healthy Children for more information about your child's growth and development, about preparing for the kindergarten experience, for solutions on handling defiance and much more.
At 5 yrs old your child should be able to:
If you have concerns about your child's development, contact Washtenaw ISD Early Childhood Department at (734) 994-8100, ext. 1832.
Ready for Kindergarten?
Kindergarten is an exciting milestone for you and your child. It can also be an anxious time. Parents often ask, "Is my child ready for kindergarten? Does she have the skills she needs to be successful?".
Children often wonder, Who will help me? Will I miss home?
Michigan Department of Education provides a complete series of articles that will help you to prepare for the first day of kindergarten, including lists of activities, what skills are expected, books about starting school, and how you can help your child through the transition of the first weeks.
If your child’s birthdate falls near the cutoff or you are still undecided about whether your child is ready for Kindergarten, talk with your pediatrician, consider visiting the local elementary school and check out these websites for different perspectives to help you make an informed decision:
Helping your Preschool Child Become a Reader
Learning to read and write begins at birth. Children learn to read and write because they are natural communicators. They want to share needs, feelings, and ideas with family members, teachers, and friends.
Books Preschoolers Like
- Books that tell stories
- Books about kids that look like them and live like them—but also booksÂÂ about different places and different ways of living
- Books about going to school, books about making friends
- Books with simple text they can memorize
- Counting books, alphabet books, vocabulary books
Eating healthy foods enable children to perform better in school. Once your child enters kindergarten, he will be eating one meal a day away from home. To ensure that your child makes healthy choices, check out the following sites for information about the food groups and interactive games that allow your child to learn about healthy eating habits:
Prevent Accidents and Injury
As your child grows, she will be spending greater parts of the day away from you. It is more important now that your child understand basic safety issues such as wearing a helmet when biking, crossing the street safely, avoiding dangerous substances and not talking to strangers.