• Kindergarten Readiness Skills

    Below are some kindergarten-readiness skills that are helpful for your child to have. Certainly, we don’t expect every kindergartener to have mastered all of these skills, and they are not required. However, we encourage you to work with your child on these skills as much as possible to make the transition to kindergarten as smooth as possible. 

    Name Writing

    ·         Capitalization of first letter only

    ·         Letters formed correctly, without letter reversals

    ·         Knows names of letters in name

    ·         Tripod pencil grip



    Cutting Skills

    ·           Cuts with “thumbs up” on cutting hand and helper hand

    ·         Small cuts on the back of scissors

    ·         Can cut straight lines and curves



    Letters and Sounds

    ·         Knows some letter names (especially those in name)

    ·         Knows some letter sounds



    Counting Skills

    ·         Counts to 10

    ·         Counts up to 5 objects

    ·         Can identify numbers to 10


    ·         Knows basic shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle



    Phonemic Awareness

    ·         Can produce rhyming words

    ·         Can blend sounds to make words



    Listening Skills

    ·       Can listen to a story  without interrupting

    ·       Pays attention for short period to adult directed tasks

    ·       Can follow one or two step directions


    Personal Care Skills

    ·      Can take care of bathroom  needs independently

    ·       Can take on/off jacket

    ·       Can tie shoes (or has Velcro) teacher will not be able to tie shoes)

    ·       Can zip-unzip backpack