School Preparedness – Psychomotor Maturity Indicators

These are the main indicators that show whether your child is ready for school or not:

  • Has a good eye-hand coordination, especially between fine finger and eye movement.
  • Draws a human figure with head, body, hands, feet and details (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, fingers, and clothing).
  • Draws at least 6 lines per 20 seconds on a sheet of paper.
  • Distinguishes left from right hand/foot.
  • Builds complex sentences like, “If you do not go to bed early, you will not wake up in time for school.”
  • Has voluntarily directed attention of 20 minutes or more on a guided activity. Distractions of any kind are minimized.
  • Recognizes and distinguishes social events and academic operations.
  • Understands the position of another person and sees the world from his/her point of view.
  • Remains collected and calm without his/her parent/guardian presence for hours or days.
  • Has a circle of social contacts outside of his/her family and they are complex enough. He or she knows what to expect from parents, teachers, or other children.
  • Contributes in group activities and has “best” friends.


  •  Aids and protects smaller children.

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