Is your child ready for kindergarten?

Posted: Updated:
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Two of the biggest decisions a parent will make are deciding when their child is ready for preschool and when he or she is ready for kindergarten.

Lorna Kemper, Principal at Gethsemane Lutheran School, has made those decisions as a parent and also helped other parents make smart decisions for their children.

Kemper says a child's intelligence should not be the sole determining factor when it comes to these decisions.

"Preschoolers should be fairly independent and be able to perform some of those basic tasks like washing hands and eating lunch without help," Kemper said.

With kindergartners parents often use age as the sole determining factor in their decision, but are other things to consider.

Kemper believes children need to be ready physically, cognitively and socially.

"A child's intelligence plays only a minor role in his or her ability to cope with an entire school day."

Kemper understands how much of a difference holding a child back one year can be.

She held two of her sons back just before kindergarten.

Kemper believes this was the best decision she could have made, because it allowed them to develop, grow and be prepared to handle the school day.