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Is your preschooler ready for Kindergarten? Every school is different, but here are some tips on what experts say your child needs to know.

In reading ... Your child should be able to speak five to six-word sentences and tell stories. They should also ask questions and remain on topic while talking about the answer.

Children should also be able to sing songs and recite nursery rhymes, along with matching and naming letters in their own name. They should also be able to read their own name.

In writing ... Your child should be able to use a mature grasp to hold a pencil. Children should also learn to copy or write readable letters or numbers, write or copy his or her own name, and draw simple recognizable people and pictures.

Children should also be able to pretend to write and read their own writing in a left-to-right direction.

In math ... Children should be able to make sense of numbers, along with knowing about shapes and spaces and measurement concepts of same, less or more correctly.

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