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Ready for Kindergarten

Ready for Kindergarten

                Congratulations - Your child is about to enter kindergarten and the world of education.  Kindergarten is a first step and a big step.  A good clue as to your child’s potential success in school is to consider whether or not your child is prepared.   Ask yourself if your child is ready to enter this next milestone in their lives by going through the list of actions below and check off what your potential kindergartener can and cannot do.

My Child Can:

1. Tell first and last name and be able to copy, print and recognize his or her own name

2. Give address and phone number

3. Adjust well to new situations

4. Use scissors to cut paper, glue to paste, pencils and crayons and be able to draw and color recognizable pictures

5. Share feelings and possessions

6. Listen and follow directions

7. Concentrate on a task for at least 10 minutes

8. Retell a story after listening to it

9. Answer simple questions about a short story after it is read

10. Identify some or all letters of the alphabet and recognize some or all letter sounds

11. Make an effort to solve problems before seeking help

12. Recognize likes and differences in pictures, objects and forms

13. Sort objects by groups (largest, smallest, shortest, tallest, etc.) and capable of naming the basic color wheel. 

14. Write with a pencil by copying a square, a circle or a triangle so that it is recognizable

15. Ask for help when needed

16. Count to 10 or more and recognize the number symbols

17. Self-reliant with toilet needs

18. Describe meanings of simple words (bird, dog, cup)

19. Dress self (buttons, zippers, Velcro)

20. Play well with others

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