Grade 1 Readiness Checklist from 1979 Goes Viral

Published On April 11, 2017 | By Cordell Green | Blogs, Country Mornings

Check out this checklist from 1979 that parents were asked to use to determine if their child was ready for grade 1. Read more…

Today’s 43-year-olds were once little kids getting ready for first grade. But an uncovered “checklist” for grade 1 readiness from 1979 has gone viral and has people debating whether kids are still expected to know most of these things. What do you think? Here are the questions on the checklist…

1. Will your child be six years, six months or older when he begins first grade and starts receiving reading instruction?

2. Does your child have two to five permanent or second teeth?

3. Can your child tell, in such a way that his speech is understood by a school crossing guard or policeman, where he lives?

4. Can he draw and color and stay within the lines of the design being colored?

5. Can he stand on one foot with eyes closed for five to ten seconds?

6. Can he ride a small two-wheeled bicycle without helper wheels?

7. Can he tell left hand from right?

8. Can he travel alone in the neighborhood (four to eight blocks) to store, school, playground, or to a friend’s home?

9. Can he be away from you all day without being upset?

10. Can he repeat an eight- to ten-word sentence, if you say it once, as “The boy ran all the way home from the store”?

11. Can he count eight to ten pennies correctly?

12. Does your child try to write or copy letters or numbers?

Personally, I don’t think much has changed all that much. Except, that is, for one question #8. Am I wrong in thinking most parents today probably have no idea if their six year old can walk eight blocks alone to the store and back again? Because they haven’t and wouldn’t want to test it.

I’ll be honest. As a parent, I don’t even like my 8yr old walking to the park at the end of the street by herself. I realize that some will call that over-protective, but there’s a fine line between coddling children into ineptitude and being realistically diligent in protecting them in a more dangerous world. I’d rather error on the side of the latter.

How old should children be allowed to wander off a block or more on their own?

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