Is Your Child Developmentally Ready?

The classrooms at Children’s House are designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. All children are different, and some are developmentally ready before others. The following are a few examples of behaviors a child must display to be developmentally ready to begin our school:

  • child spooningable to sit at circle time and listen to stories and engage in activities. A child who is too young will not be able to attend to group situations, sit for stories, participate in games, etc.
  • will allow teachers to show him/her how to use the activities on the shelf. A child who is developmentally too young will not be able to wait, to watch, and to take in the process for doing the work.
  • will take suggestions from the teacher of work for which he is ready. A child who is not ready will pull away from the teacher when she takes his hand, or will display unwillingness to go with the teacher by lying on the floor, running away, etc.
  • able to complete the work cycle -- take work out, complete the work, and put it away, or at least be willing to let the teacher help her do these things. Children who are too young for this type of classroom will take many activities out, work on them for only a very short time without completing anything, and then move on to something else without putting the previous activities away.
  • able to follow simple directions like lining up, washing hands, putting on a coat to go outside. They don’t have to be able to do these things perfectly, but they have to be willing to listen to instructions on how to do these things, and begin to follow those instructions.
  • willing to participate in the toileting routine. All children must be potty-trained to begin at Children’s House. Your child needs to be willing to sit on the toilet when we ask him to, and tell us when he needs to go. We will help in the bathroom until he can do it on his own.
  • able to communicate needs to the teacher and other children appropriately. Children who are too young will just cry when they need something, and will be very frustrated in an environment that is not meeting their needs.

When considering acceptance of a child, we at Children’s House are obligated to consider not just the readiness of the individual child, but also the needs of the whole classroom. Children who are too young take an extraordinary amount of the teacher’s time, to the detriment of the classroom as a whole. We want every child to be happy in the classroom, which means that he or she needs to be developmentally ready for the experience.
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