Is your child ready for school!

deepa bala

Guru's of Penmai
Aug 7, 2011
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for

kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well your child is doing in acquiring

the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.

Check the skills your child has mastered. Then recheck every month to see what

additional skills your child can accomplish easily.

Young children change so fast -- if they can't do something this week,

they may be able to do it a few weeks later.

  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Recognize rhyming sounds
  • 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
  • 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"
  • Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape
  • Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
  • Count to ten
  • Bounce a ball

If your child has acquired most of the skills on this checklist and will be at least four years

old at the start of the summer before he or she starts kindergarten, he or she is probably

ready for kindergarten. What teachers want to see on the first day of school are children

who are healthy, mature, capable, and eager to learn.

(Article by by Peggy Gisler, Ed.S. and Marge Eberts, Ed.S)

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Ruler's of Penmai
Registered User
Jul 26, 2012
Dear Deepabala, your check list is complete in all respects and it will definitely help our young mothers to make their children to cope with today's competitive environment. thanks

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