Kindergarten Parents

My child is ready to start what? (printable version)

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