Q:

What do kindergarten teachers feel are the most important skills that young children need in order to be ready for kindergarten? -- Getting Ready

A:

Look at the list below to see how kindergarten teachers ranked from most important to least important what they are looking for in their kindergarten students:

1. Comprehension of the spoken word

2. Thinking: attention span and problem solving

3. Fine motor skills (small muscles)

4. Social development

5. Self-help skills

6. Emotional development

7. Speaking skills

8. Pre-reading activities

9. Understanding numbers

10. Gross motor skills (large muscles)

Parents whose children will be going to kindergarten next year should find out now what specific skills their local public schools want entering kindergarteners to have. Then they can work on helping their children a