Self-help and social skills
        ...and why they're important
Illustration by Andrea Elovson, from The Kindergarten Survival Handbook Being ready for school means that children understand what school is about, and why they are there.

First, children need to be able to be away from their parents or people they know for a few hours without being upset. Next, they need to be glad to be going to school, and to be willing and able to do what is expected of them. This means that they understand that they must respect their teachers and learn to follow rules. Finally, they need to be able to get along well with other children, and to know how to do certain things for themselves.

All of these are very important, because how well children do in school, and in the rest of their lives, depends on their being able to do these kinds of things.

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