Kindergarten Parents

  • My child is ready to start what?

    Here is a summer "to do" list to ready your child for their first day of Kindergarten:

    Self Help Skills

    • Can use bathroom independently and complete accompanying hygiene tasks
    • Able to dress self (puts on coat, fastens snaps, buttons, and zippers)
    • Ties own shoes- if not please wear Velcro or slip on shoes
    • States full name and age

    Social/Emotional Skills

    • Separates from caregivers without excessive upset
    • Plays/shares with other children
    • Waits his/her turn
    • Attends to an adult-directed task for at least 5 minutes
    • Recognizes and responds to other people's feelings
    • Uses "please" and "thank you"
    • Be able to sit on carpet for short periods of time

    Language Skills (Expressive and Receptive) " Expresses needs and wants verbally

    • Uses words, not physical action, to express emotions such as anger or disappointment
    • Understands and follows two-step directions
    • Understands positional vocabulary (i.e. on top of, below, next to)
    • Fine Motor Skills
    • Holds pencil/crayon in a non-fisted grip
    • Able to control scissors to complete an intentional task
    • Traces lines and basic shapes
    • Copies basic figures such as circle, square, and a straight line
    • Open containers/ snack packages
    • Be familiar with using a glue stick

    Math Skills

    • Counts from 1 to 10
    • Recognizes/points to/identifies basic shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle)
    • Beginning to count with one-to-one correspondence
    • Can sort items by one or more attributes
    • Identifies, either verbally or by pointing to, colors of crayons in the 8-count box (black, blue, brown, green, orange, red, purple, yellow)

    Literacy/Phonemic Awareness Skills

    • Enjoys being read to/listening to stories
    • Recognizes environmental print (familiar logos, signs, and words)
    • Knows how to handle a book (i.e. holds book right side up, knows where it starts and ends)
    • Recites the alphabet
    • Knows some upper and lower case letters and the sounds they make
    • Recognizes own name in print
    • Able to discern whether or not two words rhyme, may be able to provide a third rhyme for the words
    • Can write own name or other ideas by using symbols or letters
    • Can draw a picture to express an idea