As I watch the kids grow and develop, I'm amazed at how far they've come in the 16 months that they've been home.
This pic is at a Rockets game - Cooper asked me when the fire was going to come out!
He thought we were there to watch a rocket launch! Funny boy.
Cooper, 4 1/2 years old, is a bright little guy. He's clever, observant, witty, caring, loving and sweet. He colors within the lines and very neatly. He's starting to spell and read. He writes his name and all of his letters well. He can cut with a scissors well. He knows shapes, the alphabet and can recognize numbers written as well as spoken. His fine motor skills are excellent. His gross motor skills are excellent. He can run, kick, stand and hop on one foot - he can do everything he needs to do for Kindergarten in August.
Here's a readiness checklist for KG:
Fine Motor Skills
1. Puts a 10- to 12-piece puzzle together - can put together a 24 piece puzzle together easily
2. Holds scissors correctly - Yes
3. Holds a pencil or crayon properly - Yes
Gross Motor Skills
1. Runs, jumps and skips - Yes
2. Walks backward - Yes
3. Walks up and down stairs - Yes
1. Uses words instead of being physical when angry - Yes
2. Speaks clearly so an adult can understand him/her - Yes
3. Plays with other children - Yes
4. Follows simple directions - Yes
5. Expresses feelings and needs - Yes
6. Goes to the bathroom by him/herself - Yes
7. Waits his/her turn and shares - Yes
8. Talks in sentences - Yes
9. Asks questions about things around him/her - A LOT!
10. Enjoys having books read to him/her - Yes
11. Can tell a story about a past event - Yes
12. Says "please" and "thank you" - Yes
13. Can spend extended periods away from Mom and Dad - Yes
1. Recognizes shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle) - Yes
2. Can sort items by color, shape and size - Yes
3. Can identify six parts of his/her body - Yes
4. Understands concept words such as up, down, in, out, behind, over - Yes
5. Counts from 1 to 10 - Counts to 30+
6. Recognizes five colors - Yes, more
7. Tries to write his/her name - Yes, writes it very well
8. Recognizes his/her written name - Yes, LOVES Mini Coopers!
1. Knows his/her full name - Yes
2. Knows how old he/she is - Yes
3. Knows his/her address and telephone number - Working on it
4. Knows his/her mother and father's first names - Yes
He passes this test with flying colors and he's not starting until August.
Well, his maturity level is a little lower than the other kids. Sometimes he gets too silly and has a hard time settling down when he's in 'that' mode. He's especially silly when he gets excited - like when we have company (of course, right?). It's really not excessive so that's not my main concern - I think he'll mature out of it. The main concern is that he's so small for his age. He's 37" tall and weighs 33 lbs. YES, he eats! He is growing at a normal rate, on the normal curve, just below where he should be.
We've had him examined by the Pediatrician who had us take an x-ray of his hand. Their determination was that he has Constitutional Growth Delay. His bone age is delayed and it's due to genetics not disease. According to them, he will catch up in puberty.
Since his birthday is in July, he could either be the oldest in the class or the youngest. We are leaning towards sending him to KG twice so that he'll be one of the older kids. That will at least give him an extra year to grow.
The school he's in now only goes up to KG, so we would put him in another private school that starts from PreK to 8th grade for his second KG. He'll be with different kids, different teacher, different everything. I think it will be a good transition year to get to know the new school since he'll already know the academics.
Jim and I have talked about this at length -
What do you think?
Thank you, Santa Ted!
9 months ago