Preparing for Kindergarten

10 suggested kindergarten readiness skills, that the Kindergarten teachers developed, be aware that this list is just a recommendation of readiness skills, not skills that all incoming Kindergarten students must be able to do.

Preparing for Kindergarten…

  1. Your child should be able to recognize his/her name and spell/print his or her first name.
  2. Help your child learn to recognize the letters of the alphabet. (Use cereal boxes, magnetic letters, and blocks.)
  3. Practice holding, as well as proper use of pencils, crayons, and scissors.
  4. Help your child to recognize the 8 basic colors (red, blue, yellow…)
  5. Help your child to recognize basic shapes (square, circle, rectangle, triangle, oval, diamond)
  6. Rote count with your child (1, 2, 3 to 10)
  7. Practice counting objects to 10 (cereal, blocks, other toys)
  8. Practice following a series of directions.
  9. Your child should practice skipping, hopping, and walking up and down stairs
  10.  Help your child to button, zip, tie, and snap his or her own clothing.