When you choose a Tampa preschool for your child, look for one that offers a comprehensive kindergarten readiness program. While your four-year-old needs time to play and just be a kid, he or she also needs to learn skills to help make the adjustment to school easier. Suncoast Academy is pleased to have recently earned a 100 kindergarten readiness score from the Florida Department of Education.
One of the reasons our preschool program earned the highest possible score is because of our strong commitment to early literacy. Kids enrolled in our Pre-K4 program receive 540 instructional hours in language, math, social studies, science, fine arts, personal health and safety, technology, and physical development. This background makes the transition to kindergarten much easier compared to children who don’t attend preschool.
What Specific Skills Does a Kindergartener Need?
You know your child and are the best person to decide if he or she is ready for kindergarten. The year before official school enrollment is the ideal time to begin preparing your son or daughter for a lifetime of learning. According to the website Family Education, you should watch for and encourage the following skills before you enroll your son or daughter in kindergarten:
- Count from 1 to 10
- Use the bathroom independently
- Separate easily from parents
- Cut basic shapes from paper using scissors
- Have the ability to sit still and take directions from a teacher for several minutes at a time
- Identify several sounds, shapes, numbers, and colors
- Understand the concept of sharing and be willing to share on occasion
This is just a small sampling of what kindergarten teachers expect from their new students.
Schedule a Visit Today at our Tampa Preschool
The preschool staff at Suncoast Academy is eager to meet you and your child on a tour of our facility. We can answer any questions you have while your son or daughter enjoys interacting with peers. Keep in mind that we also have a Pre-K3 program for three-year-olds. Regardless of which program you are interested in, please contact us to schedule a visit as soon as possible.