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6/30/2022

Kindergarten Readiness with Kinder With Mackenzie

What is Kinder with Mackenzie

My mission is to clarify kindergarten readiness and equip both parents and kids for a strong kindergarten year. Kindergarten is a rigorous year now, so it’s especially important to send your littles into the year with a strong foundation. Most people are told that knowing all of their abc’s is kindergarten readiness, but it’s not! Being ready for kindergarten is more about being confident in independence, working through challenges, and having basic social, emotional, and communication skills. This is where my method comes in!

What’s the KWM method?

The KWM method is to 

  • cultivate independence & resilience 
  • foster emotional independence, social awareness, & academic foundations, and 
  • connect with your child. 

Why does KWM work

I pair developmentally appropriate expectations with skills that set the foundation for learning. A parent’s job is not to teach their child what they’ll learn in school. It’s to teach them the foundation so that they are ready to learn when they get to school. These are the foundations that will help your child thrive in kindergarten. Nurturing these things sets the foundational skills – ability to work through a challenge, ability to communicate, ability to be independent, self awareness – all in developmentally appropriate levels. If you can work through a challenge, you can work through the challenge of learning to read. If you can communicate and be aware of your own feelings, you can interact socially. 

Why care so much about kindergarten

Kids who are behind academically in kindergarten struggle to catch up. A study done by the American Educational Research Association found that “A student who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time.” Kindergarten is rigorous and yet they’re still only 5 and 6 years old. THAT’s why I’m clarifying what kindergarten readiness truly is.  

This isn’t meant to scare you, it’s meant to inform you. It’s not meant to make you want to teach your child how to read, it’s meant to encourage you to explore how you’re approaching school readiness. Is what you’re doing giving your child skills to succeed in a classroom? Or are you forcing memorization on them? 

Kindergarten Readiness Free Event

Join me on July 20th at 10am (recording available afterwards) for a webinar to learn the ins and outs of kindergarten readiness and how to prepare you child for a strong kindergarten year. Register here.

If you’re unsure and want support or just questions answered, my discovery call is free and available here. Can’t wait to connect with you!

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