Is Your Child Ready For Kindergarten?
What academic skills should my child have before kindergarten?
In order to show kindergarten readiness, your child should be able to:
- recognize and name basic shapes: square, circle, triangle, and rectangle
- recognize and name numbers 1-10, even when they are out of order
- count to 20
- count 10 objects, pointing to each one as she counts
- say or sing the alphabet
- recognize the letters of the alphabet, both uppercase and lowercase (even out of order)
- identify colors in an 8-ct crayon pack
- recognizes own name
- write their first name
- sort items by size, color, or shape
- hold a book and turn pages
- tell if two words rhyme
- identify some letter sounds
- say their parents’ full names and phone numbers (at least one)
Non Academic Readiness
What other things (non-academic) does my child need to know how to do before kindergarten? Many of these items involve physical development and practicing basic tasks in everyday situations. Your child should be able to:
- dress self, including putting on his coat and zipping it up
- tie their own shoes
- take turns and share
- sit quietly and listen
- follow simple directions
- take care of basic personal hygiene, especially being able to use the bathroom (toilet) by herself, including fastening and unfastening zippers and buttons
- put on their backpack
- hold a pencil, crayon, or markers
- use scissors to cut paper
- put things away
- hang their backpack on a hook
- wash hands with soap
- use a tissue to wipe their nose
- cough into her elbow
- stand in line
- drink from a drinking fountain
- raise their hand and wait to be called on
- open any food containers in their lunch
What is the one most important thing parents can do to prepare their child for kindergarten?
- Teach kindness and respect (for rules, property, and the feelings of others).
- Expose kids to new situations, like playing at a different park or eating in a different setting.
- Do activities at home where pre-kinders have to listen without interrupting, take turns, focus on the same activity for 15 minutes, use manners, etc.
- Get used to a simple set routine or schedule.
- Read! Teach them how to hold a book, how to turn pages, point out common words, etc.
- Give them opportunities to play with other children and learn proper behavior (don’t push, take turns, etc).
- Give them some responsibilities and teach them to follow through.
- Teach nursery rhymes and songs.
- Give them chances to be away from home and family so they feel comfortable and confident when they come to school.
- Work on gross motor skills by helping them ride a tricycle, bouncing a ball back and forth, working on a simple puzzle, etc.
At Precious Memories Preschool of Sandy Hollow PreSchool of Sandy Hollow, we offer a special place for children to not only grow and develop along the way, but a place for them to CELEBRATE each and every step. If you are interested in enrolling your child in our program please fill out the form on this page or call us at 860.572.9958
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