Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Young children change so quickly! Skills they don't have mastered today, they may be proficient at in a matter of weeks.

Many parents wonder how to tell whether their young child is ready for kindergarten.  The following checklist is a list of skills that will make kindergarten an enjoyable experience.  If your child has acquired most of these skills, he or she is probably ready.  Just remember, above all else, on the first day of school teachers want to see children who are healthy, happy, capable, and eager to learn!  

Readiness Checklist

  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Recognize rhyming sounds
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Understand that actions have both causes and effects
  • Show understanding of general times of day (morning, afternoon, evening/night)
  • Cut with scissors
  • Trace basic shapes
  • Begin to share with others
  • Start to follow rules
  • Be able to recognize authority
  • Manage own bathroom needs
  • Button, snap, and zip shirts, pants, and coats
  • Demonstrate self-control
  • Separate from parents without upset
  • Speak understandably
  • Express thoughts in complete sentences of five to six words
  • Look at pictures and then tell a story
  • Identify beginning sounds of some words
  • Identify some alphabet letters
  • Recognize some common sight words like "stop"
  • Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape
  • Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, or five objects
  • Count to ten
  • Bounce a ball