School Readiness to Jump Start Success
Are the children in your home exactly the same? Probably not. But, as a parent there are some things we can pat ourselves on the back about when it comes to raising children and say with confidence: “I know this much is true, when it comes to ________.” For instance after my first child I knew with the second and third to have water, the TV remote control, maybe a snack and all children settled before I began to pump (for milk that is). Also, after my first child I knew to expect feedings every 2-4 hours, I learned how to introduce table food for the first time and I perfected the special spooky voice needed when reading any Scooby-Dooby Doo book. But it wasn’t until my oldest entered pre-K at the age of 3, I realized when it came to schooling (or how to ‘do school’) in the 21st century, I felt like I knew nothing! After a few weeks of her screaming and crying when I dropped her off at school, it became obvious that some children knew more shapes and colors than my child. They could even write their names – with no help! I felt like I had missed a parenting book, a meeting, a memo, or some type of notification about what I should’ve done before she stepped foot in that class. I was in a sense, clueless. Clueless that:
- In 2007 certain preschool skills, i.e. 72% reading or pretending to read, 60% writing their name, 63% counting to 20 or higher and 32% recognizing all of the letters were commonly found in children ages 3 to 6
- Kindergarten readiness guidelines existed.
- Because of the income and wealth gap, African American and Hispanic families have disproportionately lower incomes – for which the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds causes children of color to oftentimes enter schools without the expected skills to promote success