Marion City Schools offers full-day kindergarten in each of its six elementary buildings.
The Ohio Department of Education provides this checklist to help parents determine if their children are physically, socially and emotionally ready for school. There are also tips that you can follow.
Does your child ...
- Enjoy outdoor play such as running, jumping and climbing
- Draw and trace basic shapes
- Cut with scissors
- Bounce a ball
- Ride a tricycle
Tips to help your child with physical skills
- Materials that will help your child develop the motor skills needed to learn to write include crayons, markers, pencils, glue, scissors, paper and paint, puzzles, Legos and building blocks.
- Activities that help your child's coordination include climbing, jumping, skipping, playing ball, using playground equipment and riding a tricycle.
Health and safety needs
Has your child ...
- Had required shots
- Had a dental exam
- Had a vision exam
- Learned own first and last name
- Learned to watch for cars when crossing the street
- Learned not to talk to strangers
- Developed a set routine for going to bed
- Followed rules for safety
Tips to help your child with health and safety needs
- Help your child learn their full name, address and telephone number.
- Help your child to look both ways when crossing the street.
- Talk with your child about strangers and whom to go to for help.
- Use bedtime as the opportunity to read to and talk with your child.
Without your help, can your child ...
- Use the bathroom
- Wash hands
- Brush teeth
- Use tissue to blow nose
- Button and zip up shirts and pants
- Put on and take off coat
- Tie and/or velcro shoes
Tips to help your child with personal needs
- Create morning and bedtime bathing and tooth-brushing routines.
- Allow your child to dress themselves.
- Practice putting shoes on.
- Help your child learn to use their words to tell other grownups when they feel sick or hurt.
Social and emotional skills
Does your child ...
- Play well with other children
- Separate from a parent without being upset
- Share with other children
- Care about the feelings of others
- Follow routines
- Put toys away when asked
Tips to help your child with social and emotional skills
- Give your child small chores to learn responsibility.
- Help your child learn to follow directions by giving simple steps.
- Encourage your child to share.
- Praise your child when he or she does something well.
- Provide guidance when your child is having difficulty.
SOURCE: Ohio Department of Education