Ready, set, KINDERGARTEN! Readiness Checklist

It's that time of year moms, time to register your little one for kindergarten. I know what you're thinking, last year when it was my turn to register Finn I was thinking "Kindergarten?! But he just started two year old preschool?!". It's true what everyone says, it goes by FAST. And like so many other moms I worried about whether or not Finn was ready, especially since his birthday is so close to the cutoff date. Here I've got a little checklist to see if you're child is ready for kindergarten. While there really is no foolproof formula for judging if you're child is ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well they are doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists. Do a skill evaluation now, and then recheck every month to see what new skills your child has mastered. Kids change so much, especially at this age, if they can't do something this week chances are they'll be able to do it a few weeks later.

  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Understand actions have both causes and effects
  • Show understanding of general times of day
  • Cut with scissors
  • Trace basic shapes
  • Begin to share with others
  • Start to follow rules
  • Be able to recognize authority
  • Manage bathroom needs

 

  • Button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers
  • Begin to control oneself
  • Separate from parents without being upset
  • Speak understandably
  • Can tell a story about a past event
  • Talk in complete sentences of five to six words
  • Look at pictures and then tell stories
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Identify the beginning sound of some words
  • Identify some alphabet letters

 

  • Recognize some common sight words like "stop"
  • Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
  • Count to ten
  • Bounce a ball
  • Puts a 10- to 12-piece puzzle together
  • Holds scissors correctly
  • Holds a pencil or crayon properly
  • Runs, jumps and skips
  • Walks backward
  • Walks up and down stairs

 

  • Recognizes shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle)
  • Can sort items by color, shape and size
  • Can identify six parts of his/her body
  • Knows his/her full name
  • Knows how old he/she is
  • Knows his/her address and telephone number
  • Knows his/her mother and father's first names
  • Tries to write his/her name
  • Recognizes his/her written name

I'll be adding to this kindergarten series with more info on how to prepare your child, and yourself, for the big transition so stay tuned to Mamatoga!