As kindergarten becomes increasingly academic, what does it mean to be ready for school? A wide range of developmental and cultural factors influence whether a child is ready to learn, Erikson president Samuel J. Meisels explained in a Sept. 4 interview on Eight Forty-Eight, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio’s morning magazine show. Most children are ready for kindergarten at age five, he said, but they arrive at school with highly varied, individualized skills and strengths. It’s up to schools to “meet the children where they are” developmentally and adapt learning opportunities to build on those strengths.

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