Starting kindergarten can be stressful for both parents and students. But would you believe it's also stressful for teachers? New group of parents for kindergarten teachers to communicate with and there are always things they wished you knew right off the bat – this is what a new crop of students means. Kindergarten is not what it used to be. Many parents remember kindergarten as a time of finger-painting, playing with blocks and eating graham crackers. A lot has changed over the years while these activities still have a place in the kindergarten classroom. Students are not only entering kindergarten more prepared to learn, but also have more time in which to do so with increasing numbers of children attending preschool and schools across the nation instituting PreK and full-day kindergarten programs. Kindergarten is a much more academically rigorous environment than many parents remember. Your kindergartener will be learning much more than how to share and use classroom materials. Be prepared to see your child's reading skills blossom and her mathematical mind challenged. your child will learn to recognize core words, read books with repetitive themes and even write down her own thoughts in addition to learning the alphabet and the sounds of the letters.

Things that parents have to know about their children

Delaying kindergarten entry by a year isn't always a good idea. In most states, as long as your child turns 5 somewhere between June 1st and December 1st, he is age-eligible for kindergarten. Sometimes parents of children--frequently boys--whose birthdays are at the latter end of the deadline think about starting their child a year later to give him an opportunity to mature and increase his readiness skills. This practice is not always the best move, sometimes known just as academic redshirting. A kindergarten teacher is likely to ask you one question if you tell her your child is going to delay kindergarten by a year: What will he be doing in that year to help him be more prepared for school? It 's important to have a plan as to how you are going to get him more ready, simply giving your child another year isn't enough. A child who is hanging out at home may be better off in the structure of the classroom. However, practicing gross and fine motor skills daily and playing games to improve letter recognition and the ability to follow directions, delayed entry may be the way to go in case your child will be going to preschool or playgroups to interact with other children. Sure, it's great that your child knows the entire alphabet, recognizes all the numbers up to 20 and can even read a little bit, but these skills are of secondary importance in the eyes of many kindergarten teachers. There are a number of other readiness skills that will give your child a leg up in the classroom. Ask yourself the following questions to get a better sense of your child's readiness.