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Kindergarten Readiness

A Parent's Guide to Kindergarten Readiness

Many parents of preschool children begin to ask themselves the question, is my child ready for kindergarten?  They wonder whether their child will be ready academically, socially, emotionally, and physically for the rigors of kindergarten. The information below may be helpful in your decision making.  Please note, however, that all kindergarten students enter school with varying knowledge. Kindergarten is the year to learn to be a student, so don’t worry if your child isn’t able to complete all the items listed.

 Academic Readiness Skills:

Students should be able to:

  • Write their name
  • Put together a simple puzzle of 3-6 pieces
  • Recognize a circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, and heart shapes
  • Draw or trace a circle, square and triangle
  • Recognize rhyming words
  • Name basic colors
  • Tell opposites of words
  • Count to ten
  • Identify alphabet letters
  • Pay attention to a short story
  • Identify and sort objects by color, size, shape

Social/Emotional Readiness Skills:

Students should be able to:

  • Interact with others
  • Take turns and share; show empathy for others
  • Go to teacher for help
  • Practice self-control
  • Follow simple rules
  • Speak understandably
  • Talk in complete sentences
  • Separate from parents
  • Carry out 3 simple step instructions

Physical Readiness Skills:

Students should be able to:

  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Use scissors, crayons, and glue
  • Manage bathroom needs, including washing hands
  • Put on and take off jackets and coats
  • Zip and/or button items of clothing
  • Alternate feet when walking up or down stairs
  • Hop on one foot, jump, stand on one foot
  • Trace lines