Should physical size be considered when determining the child’s readiness for kindergarten?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about considering a child’s physical size for kindergarten.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: Should physical size be considered in determining the child s readiness for kindergarten?

    Dr. Rene Hackney: I would not think physical size alone would be a good determine for kindergarten readiness, but if you have got a child how is immature socially and not really not interested in learning and happens to be very small for their age that might add -- be an added factor. If you have got a child who is really ready to learn and they are huge for their size, holding them back will just make them that much more different in their appearance. So, it may be an additional factor, but not a factor alone.