Is your child Kindergarten ready?

SOUTH BEND On Monday, South Bend parents can officially begin enrolling their children for Kindergarten in the 2014-15 school year. Indiana law says a child must be five by August of 2014 to enroll, but school officials say there are other factors that will determine who is "Kindergarten ready."

Staff says children should be able to recognize letters, know his or her name and be able to begin reading before the first day of school. Expectations for kindergarteners have grown tremendously over the years.

"The goal of Kindergarten used to be know your ABCs, tie your shoes and sit still," said Diana Jasinski, a Kindergarten teacher at Warren Primary Center in South Bend. “Now the goal of Kindergarten is to be reading at a level ‘C,’ to know how to read and write their numbers at least 1-20.”

Children who aren’t “kindergarten ready,” according to Jasinski, are those who cannot hold a conversation, those who cannot recognize the difference between a number and a letter and those who are not able to tell if a book is right side up.

To help your child move to the next step in his or her educational career, faculty at Warren Primary suggest the foundation starts at home.

"Just the simple reading your child a bed time story is so, so important to them," said Jasinski. "The parents who are involved with their children and do their homework and come in and volunteer or if they can't volunteer just sending things in or keeping in touch with the teacher, those are the children who are the most successful."

There is no registration deadline, but faculty encourages parents to get prepared early.

For more information about registration requirements, visit the South Bend Community School Corporation website.

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