As we near the end of our summers and the start of school, below are some ideas for building independence that is such a core focus in JK.
In preparation of Earth Day, Sunday April 22, I scoured the internet to gather some fun and easy activities perfect for pre-school, kindergarten and elementary school-aged children. With any luck, Mother Nature will cooperate by bringing the beautiful spring weather we're anxiously awaiting. And really, these are amazing nature-inspired family outdoor activities to enjoy any day of the year.
What do I do about Kindergarten next year?
If your child has a late spring, summer, fall or winter birthday you might have been asked this question.
“Are you going to hold them back or send them to Kindergarten?”
As part of the admission process, most independent schools require that your child take an aptitude test.
Here are some details:
- If your child is younger than six years old and entering either Junior Kindergarten (JK) or Kindergarten they will take the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence for Children - Fourth Edition. You will hear it referred to as the WPPSI-IV (whip-see-four).
- The older version is called the WISC-IV (whisk-four). This stands for the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition.
- No preparation is needed or allowed for this assessment. A qualified examiner works one on one with your child and measures different abilities.
- The assessment takes about 45 minutes to an hour.