By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Parents can improve their child's kindergarten performance by creating an atmosphere of learning at home. Children who fit comfortably into their kindergarten have a rewarding and productive year, thus beginning their elementary school years with a positive attitude about academics.

A child's ability to think logically, speak clearly, and interact well with other children and adults as well as his physical development are all critically important to success in school. However, not all children are competent in each of these areas. In fact, your child may be small for his age, and lagging behind other kids socially and physically, but if his language, thinking, and perceptual skills are in place, then he'll probably do well in kindergarten.

While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.:

Here are a few tips to help your child have a successful kindergarten year:

Kindergarten is a significant step on the path of education. A little consideration and planning on your part can make this step a rewarding and successful time for your child.

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