Answering the Early Entry Kindergarten Evaluation Question With the Help of Nursery Rhymes

April 18th, 2017 | Posted in For Children by

Early-K, Nursery RhymesMany parents struggle with the early entry kindergarten evaluation decision. Should you send your child to kindergarten before he or she turns 5, or to wait another year before boarding the bus?

If you’re trying to discern whether your child is ready or not, we’ve enlisted the help of Mother Goose to highlight the milestones and skills your child should demonstrate before initiating the early entry kindergarten evaluation process. 

While cute nursery rhymes may help pre-assess your child’s readiness, the school system requires that all early-k applicants be formally evaluated for early-k readiness by a licensed provider. More information about early entry kindergarten evaluation can be found here. It should be noted that criteria for consideration is rigorous and the application process is an investment in your child’s well-being, regardless of the results.

The Hokey Pokey

You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out
You put your right foot in, and you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey, and you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

Developmental Skills
Your child should be able to:

  • Follow 2-3 step instructions
  • Sustain attention for at least 10 minutes at a time
  • Demonstrate fine motor skills and independently engage in self care (get dressed, use the restroom)

The Alphabet Song

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L-M-N-O-P, Q, R, S,
T, U, V,W, X, Y, and Z. Now I know my ABCs,
Next time won’t you sing with me.

Cognitive Skills
Your child should show knowledge of:

  • The ABC’s, common sight words, and numbers 1-10
  • Basic demographic information about him/herself
  • The concepts of shape, size, color and time

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Emotional Maturity
Your child should effectively:

  • Separate from you; engage diplomatically with peers
  • Communicate thoughts and feelings
  • Regulate his/her emotions

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
So the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Desire to Learn
Your child should demonstrate:

  • Curiosity; a desire to learn and explore
  • A “can-do” attitude; persistence in the face
    of challenges and setbacks

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