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Kindergarten Readiness Tips

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Oct 23, 2018 2:01:18 PM

As parents, it seems we are always preparing for what’s coming up next. We have a hospital bag ready before the baby comes, we rig the house for when our babies start to crawl, we have a diaper bag ready for a wardrobe malfunction, and we have enough snacks in our cars to feed an army. You name it - we prepare for it.

Fast forward a few years and your child is four years old. A question is looming - How do we prepare them for Kindergarten? I am going to approach this in two steps.

  1. What should you do if you have a child with a summer or early fall birthday? Do you send them to Kindergarten? How do you know if they are ready for this next step?
  2. They are going to Kindergarten. How do I help prepare my child when the time comes?
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Topics: become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, junior kindergarten, jk

5 Tips to prepare your junior kindergartner for school

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Aug 27, 2018 12:35:45 PM

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.

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Topics: St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Teachers as experts, become ready, Kindergarten, PreK, junior kindergarten, jk

Are you going to hold them back or send them to Kindergarten?

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Nov 20, 2017 9:00:46 AM

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?”
It is a controversial topic with no easy answer and it seems everyone has an opinion!
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Topics: Kindergarten, PreK, choosing a school, junior kindergarten, jk

What is the WPPSI-IV test for JK and Kindergarten children?

Posted by Katherine Carbo on Oct 19, 2017 11:23:08 AM

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. 
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Topics: School search, Kindergarten, Looking at private schools, junior kindergarten, jk

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