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What Does it Mean to Be School Ready? Five Things you Need to Look For

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School readiness is a concept that many can get behind, but it can be hard to define for some. Standardizing a definition is one way that Oklahomans can start to understand what school readiness is. The Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board unveiled their definition of school readiness about a year ago with vital, key questions to ask. Parents, in seeing if their child is on the correct developmental track, should ask these questions to help understand if their child is school ready or not.

 

Ready children are socially, personally, physically and intellectually prepared within developmentally appropriate expectations.  

 

                                                                       This includes:

 

Approaches to learning - To what extent do children show curiosity, enthusiasm and persistence toward learning tasks?

Cognition and general knowledge - Do children have basic knowledge about the world around them? Do they know shapes, numbers, own name, etc.?

Language development - To what extent do children use verbal and nonverbal skills to convey meaning and understanding?

Physical well-being - Are children growing and developing properly? Are they healthy?

Social and emotional development - Do children interact well with others and communicate their feelings in appropriate ways?

 

By using these questions, Oklahoma citizens can understand the school readiness process and if their child prepared.

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