This guide for parents highlights a few skills and concepts that can be introduced at home to ease the transition into kindergarten. School readiness is best taught in small doses with lots of repetition, without pressure. Young children develop so quickly – if they cannot do something one week, they may be able to do it a few weeks later. If children are prepared for kindergarten, school will be a wonderful experience and a place where they can feel good about themselves, about school, and be eager to learn.

Please go through the checklist and mark the boxes of the things your child has learned. If there are areas in which your child is not doing well, you can take the time before kindergarten to help them to learn. Have patience, give lots of encouragement, and make it fun for both of you. You’ll be setting the stage for lifelong learning and habits that will help your child all through school.

  • Follows simple instructions
  • Separates from parents without getting upset
  • Responds to authority
  • Shares with others
  • Takes turns
  • Tells someone how they are feeling
  • Speaks understandably
  • Manages bathroom needs
  • Buttons shirts, pants, coats, and zips up zippers
  • Helps with chores, puts away toys, carries dishes, opens food packages
  • Dresses self and brushes teeth
  • Uses Kleenex appropriately
  • Knows how to tie/fasten shoes
  • Listens to stories and a person speaking without interrupting
  • Recognizes rhyming sounds
  • Identifies the beginning sound of some words
  • Looks at pictures and then tells a story
  • Remembers pictures from a printed page
  • Has correct pencil grip
  • Answers questions about a short story
  • Understands how to hold a book and that reading goes from left to right.
  • Prints own name (only first letter is capital)
  • Knows that words are written using letters
  • Knows that letters are called the alphabet
  • Can name lower case alphabet letters
  • Can name capital alphabet letters
  • Knows some nursery rhymes
  • Knows age and birthday
  • Knows last name
  • Knows phone number
  • Shows understanding of day and night
  • Knows the days of the week
  • Knows the months of the year
  • Knows left and right
  • Can sort objects by color and shape
  • Knows the colors (blue, red, yellow, green, orange, purple, pink, white, black, and brown)
  • Can color objects and stay mostly in the lines
  • Can match like objects
  • Can identify shapes (circle, square, rectangle, triangle, star, heart, diamond, and oval)
  • Traces basic shapes
  • Is able to copy a simple figure like a line, circle, square, and cross.
  • Cuts with scissors (knows the correct way to hold scissors)
  • Knows that numbers can be written using numerals
  • Can write numbers 1-10
  • Can count to 30
  • Understands that counting has a one-to-one relationship and can count items up to 10
  • Can run, jump, hop, and march
  • Can throw, catch, and kick a ball
  • Uses alternating feet when going up and coming down the stairs
The most important part of entering kindergarten is that children are healthy, capable, and eager to learn.
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