Is your child ready for kindergarten? It’s the first rung on the academic ladder, and sometimes parents wonder whether their children are primed for the academics or the social interactions in a kindergarten classroom. At this stage, the two are woven so closely together, said Jack McCarthy, managing director of AppleTree Institute for Education. “It’s like saying, ‘What’s more important, hydrogen or oxygen?’ ” McCarthy said.
We talked to a few educators and experts in the field about areas parents can work on this summer to help prepare kids. We picked eight of them to share with you. Some may surprise you.Citizenship. Empathy. Science.