• How do I know if my child is ready to start kindergarten?

    First, it is important to know if your child meets the state minimum age requirement of five-years-old on or before September 1 of the kindergarten year. If your child can demonstrate the following skills then you know your child is ready to start kindergarten!

    Emotional and Social Skills

    • Gets along with others, shares, plays, takes turns and participates in activities
    • Takes care of toilet needs independently (flushes, washes hands)
    • Demonstrates self-help skills (buttons, zips, snaps)
    • Can dress for outside play independently
    • Pays attention to a short story when it is read aloud (looks at speaker, listens quietly)
    • Remembers directions and carries out 2 or 3 simple tasks after being told (pick up the book, bring me the pencil and close the door)
    • Keeps track of and can be responsible for personal belongings
    • Separates easily from parent
    • Uses words to obtain attention appropriately
    • Accepts limits and will change his or her behavior when provided with verbal directions
    • Shows curiosity and interest in learning

    Motor Skills

    • Can print name using a capital letter at beginning and the remainder in lower case letters
    • Alternates feet walking down stairs
    • Can run, jump and hop 
    • Can throw and catch a ball
    • Draws and colors, beyond a simple scribble
    • Uses scissors, pencils, crayons, glue and glue sticks carefully
    • Can name and copy a square, circle, triangle and rectangle
    • Can cut out simple shapes

    Cognitive Skills

    • Can retell a story using pictures and answer simple questions about it
    • Repeats simple rhymes (nursery rhymes, simple songs)
    • Uses five-six word sentences
    • Can express needs and be understood 
    • Can recognize name and letters in own name 
    • Recognizes some letters of the alphabet
    • Can recognize numerals 0-10 in random order 
    • Can count out loud to 20 
    • Can recognize eight basic colors
    • Understands terms such as:
    • Big and little
    • Up and down
    • Over and under
    • Empty and full
    • More and less
    • Between and next to
    • Long and short
    • Front and back
    • Hot and cold
    • Fast and slow
    • First and last

    Work Skills

    • Keeps hands, arms and feet to self when working and playing with others 
    • Waits appropriately
    • Uses materials and toys respectfully, purposefully and appropriately
    • Stays on task