Understanding and being understood
      ...and why it's important
Part of children's being ready for school is to be able to understand when teachers and other people speak to them. Even in Kindergarten, there are many instructions and many questions and many answers. If children don't understand the teacher, they won't be able to learn and they won't know what to do.

It's also very important that teachers and others can understand them, too. If they can't be understood by others, they won't be able to tell people what they want, or show they understand, and a lot of things could go wrong. Other children might make fun of them, too, and your child might become unhappy about going to school or being with new people.

Illustration by Andrea Elovson, from The Kindergarten Survival Handbook
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