Below are some items we have developed as a result of each project listed above. Each item may be downloaded or printed.
School Readiness Skills & Classroom Routines
New Information on School Readiness
It is important for us, as early childhood educators, to stay current with research to inform our understanding of young children and school readiness and to ensure that we use best practices. This paper attempts to clarify and synthesize the most recent studies by answering four questions. 1. What is a current definition of readiness? 2. Why is readiness and academic success so important? 3. Which skills are associated with later academic success? 4. What are the implications for early educators?
Cross, A. F., & Conn-Powers, M. (2011). A Working Paper: New Information on School Readiness.
Preparing Children for Kindergarten
Each of these papers focuses on a classroom routine and the critical skills children need for successful engagement and learning during that routine. Each one includes strategies early childhood educators can use to bridge preschool practices with kindergarten expectations. The papers summarize our spring 2010 research observing children in kindergarten classrooms.
Tip Sheets for Early Educators on Promoting School Readiness
This document has eight tip sheets that offer ways teachers and parents can help children to (a) learn to recognize their names, (b) follow rules, (c) give first and last name, age, and gender on request, (d) recognize colors, and (e) follow directions. There are also tip sheets on the importance to children's kindergarten success of making sure children (f) are well-rested and (g) have a nutritionally sound diet.
Carpenter, L., Cole, P., & Cross, A. F. (2008). Tip Sheets for Early Educators on Promoting School Readiness.
Essential Skills for Kindergarten
This document presents our effort to identify common essential skills for children to have to successfully enter kindergarten. The skills included in this document represent emerging findings from research we have conducted with kindergarten teachers in Indiana. Together, these items provide a menu that kindergarten teachers, administrators, and community early education providers can use to assess what is critical for children to know within their community.
Conn-Powers, M. (2010). Essential Skills for Kindergarten: Checklist.
Early Childhood Briefing Paper Series: All Children Ready for School
Ready Child + Ready Family + Ready School = Successful School Readiness. This 2006 definition expanded understanding of school readiness to recognize the influence of families and schools on young children.The eight topics covered in All Children Ready for School series combined information from research literature and the authors' practical knowledge of the topics. Each is a four page paper.
An Analysis of Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Practices
The First Days of Kindergarten and What They Mean for Preschool Teachers
Assessment of kindergarten readiness is being used to make decisions about children entering school. Organizations and researchers have laid out recommendations on some aspects of assessing school readiness, but little research has been conducted on other areas or the actual practices in schools today. A survey of teachers examined how and why schools are assessing kindergarten readiness. This academic paper discusses the results in comparison to practices recommended in the literature and offers implications for educators, policy-makers, and researchers.
Msyzak, J. P., & Conn-Powers, M. (2008). Kindergarten Readiness Assessment: An Analysis of Existing and Recommended Practices.
Teachers’ Use of Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Practices
This brief paper provides the results of a survey of the kindergarten teachers in Indiana. They were invited to participate in an online survey of their current practices for assessing school readiness of children entering kindergarten. The purpose was to gain a snapshot of current assessment practices and to compare these practices with those recommended in the literature. They responded to 30 questions asking how they assessed school readiness, what areas were assessed, who was involved, the types of decisions made, and the quality of their assessment process.
Conn-Powers, M., & Peters, J. (2007). Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Survey: Results.