Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

  • If you want to determine if your child is acquiring the skills needed to be successful in kindergarten, check the skills below to see how many your child has mastered.

    *  Listens to stories without interrupting

    *  Recognizes rhyming sounds

    *  Pays attention for short periods of time to directed tasks

    *  Cuts with scissors

    *  Traces basic shapes

    *  Shares with others

    *  Recognizes authority

    *  Manages bathroom needs

    *  Separates from parents without being upset

    *  Looks at pictures and can tell a story

    *  Identifies some upper and lowercase alphabet letters

    *  Sorts by color, size and shape

    *  Counts 0-20 with very little difficulty in the "teens"

    *  Writes first name and can tell you each letter in his/her first name

    *  Can get started on a snack/lunch with very little assistance

     

  • Activities to improve pre-writing skills:

    *Jump Rope

    *Volleyball type practice where hands, paddles or rackets are in palm-up position

    *Use squirt bottles

    *Shift a slinky back and forth with palms up

    *String beads or lace with the tip of finger against the thumb

    *Pour from a small pitcher into a clear glass

    *Inch a pencil or chopstick positioned in tripod grasp toward and away from palm

    *Screw on and unscrew lids on jars

    *Play with play-doh   (make balls, cubes, shapes, objects)

    *Use a turkey baster to squirt water

    *Rip construction paper into small pieces, then glue to make a collage/picture

    *Complete a floor puzzle

    *Use tongs/tweezers to pick up small objects

    *Color on a paper that is taped to a wall right above eye level

    *Squeeze out a kitchen sponge then dip in water to repeat several times

    *Place coins in a bank or a plastic lid with a slot that has been cut.  

    *Press coins into foam and then take them out