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Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

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.

  • Listens to stories without interrupting o Recognizes rhyming sounds
  • Pays attention for short periods of time to adult directed tasks
  • Understands that actions have both cause and effect
  • Shows understanding of general times of day
  • Cuts with scissors
  • Uses words instead of being physical when angry
  • Follows simple directions
  • Expresses feelings and needs o Waits his/her turn and shares
  • Traces and recognizes basic shapes
  • Starts to follow rules and routines
  • Is able to recognize authority
  • Manages bathroom needs
  • Buttons, zips, and is able to manage clothing o Begins to control oneself
  • Separates from parents easily o Speaks understandably
  • Talks in complete sentences(5-6 words)
  • Looks at pictures and then tells stories
  • Identifies the beginning sounds of some words
  • Identifies some letters of the alphabet
  • Sorts similar objects by color, size, and shape
  • Recognizes groups of one, two, three, four, and five
  • Bounces and catches a ball
  • Can identify six body parts
  • Counts 1-10
  • Recognizes basic colors
  • Tries to write his/her name
  •  Recognizes his/her written name