What do schools assess on a child's interview?

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What do schools assess on a child's interview?

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When your child goes to interview or visit the school, and when your child goes for testing; schools are looking for a couple of things. The first thing, and most importantly, they are looking to see if your child matches the profile of a child who has been successful at the school. That's really important. The second thing that schools are looking for -- and we're talking about Elementary Schools -- is if your child is Kindergarten ready. Now, Kindergarten ready means different things to different schools. If you are going to a highly academic school, Kindergarten may even mean your child should be able to read simple sentences. Or, if you are not going to such an academic school, Kindergarten ready may be your child being able to recognize their name. Can your child sit quietly? Can your child raise their hand before they speak? Can your child share information in a group setting? Those are the things that most schools are looking for when they assess. The testing piece, is they are looking to see where your child's brain development is. A lot of parents ask if they should tutor their child, and, in general, schools frown up this, although, they know that parents do that. So that is really an individual decision that most parents will have to make on their own.

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Kim Hamer is the author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend through Cancer or Loss, a modern, essential how-to guide offering tips on what to say (and NOT to say), and specific ways to support and love a friend, co-worker or family member who is coping with cancer, loss or any crisis.

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Her book is a fun, straightforward compilation of many of those acts. The mission of “100 Acts of Love” is to help everyone understand and embrace their importance in the lives of their friend in crisis and to provide the tools and courage needed to support them in a truly meaningful and helpful way.

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