Language, Development, and Literacy for School Readiness

Guest blog articles contributed by Bright Horizons Family Solutions®

My son will be five years old in early August. When he was born in 2006, we were quickly on the receiving end of an opinionated and certainly well-meaning circle of parents who would ask, “Are you going to hold him back?” At the time, in the deep trenches of new parent exhaustion, all I could think about was, “Hold him back from what, the bottle?”

But what they really meant was kindergarten. As the years have quickly progressed, the opinions regarding when to start kindergarten are pretty much unanimous: wait another year – the only regret you’ll have is if you do NOT hold him back.  But what does the research say about school readiness, particularly when it comes to the 3 R’s – Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic.

For the most part, we try not to push but rather follow HIS lead when it comes to his interests in reading and writing (and advanced calculus).  For a while, I’ll admit I was getting concerned that he had no interest in reading books independently.  Still do.  The only way he will get near a book is if I am reading to him. Not a bad thing, of course. But his 2 1/2-year old sister can sit alone for 30 minutes reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear or Miss Spider’s New Car.  And I mean READ it.

Fortunately, the writing interest has become a focal point in our house in just the last month or two. Perhaps it was all the Christmas and holiday cards filling our mailbox each day. Whatever his motivation, we are thrilled to see his interest in writing blossom. He now has his own envelopes, notepaper and writing instruments. My mom even bought him his own book of stamps. It was just too cute when he mailed her his first letter and included some money – pocket change from the bowl in the mudroom. It made me realize that he does appreciate getting those George Washingtons in the mail from my parents!

Bottom line: my husband and I are quite comfortable with our decision now. Based on our own research and conversations with our son’s preschool teachers, our boy is emotionally mature, happy, and both cognitively and physically on par with his peers. That does not mean I don’t doubt our decision every once in a while. I mean, c’mon, I’m a parent – the ultimate self-doubter.  In those moments of ambivalence, what gives me comfort first and foremost is his happiness and excitement when talking about being the “senior” at pre-school next year.

To read more about reading and writing as they relate to school readiness, click on some of the great articles below from Bright Horizons.

Language, Development, and Literacy for School Readiness

Language development and literacy are the building blocks for school readiness. Talking responsively to children, reading daily, and offering regular opportunities to practice writing are key. The following articles address these areas, as well as suggest additional activities that support reading readiness.

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Editor’s note:  Bright Horizons, an advertiser on our website, is contributing some valuable content to our blog readers related to their free READY for SCHOOL events.  Ziptivity is not being compensated for sharing these articles on our blog.

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