EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers

Kate’s Corner: Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Posted on: February 24, 2010

Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

Late winter – early spring is typical kindergarten screening time for school districts. Your home district will determine timing with notification on their website or in community publications. Preschool settings often have this information as well. Your child must be age eligible for kindergarten (In New York state a child must be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2010 or December 31, 2010: check your home school district requirement).

EACH CHILD IS UNIQUE and young children are just that – young! Preschoolers are not in kindergarten. They are light-years away from being grown up. They are also 6 months away from September Kindergarten entrance!

The following skills and developmental abilities are widely held as appropriate expectations for children entering formal kindergarten classrooms. Remember – your child is continuing to learn these skills through positive experiences and enjoyable interactions as well as through structured curriculum.

Developing as well as secure ability in the following are recommended for kindergarten entrance:

Numbers:

  • Recognizes numerals 1 – 10
  • Verbally counts 1 – 10
  • Chooses as many objects that match numbers
  • Counts a collection
  • Can identify first and last
  • Can match, organize in categories, sort and describe objects.
  • Recognizes simple shapes
  • Understands basic graphing and can participate in simple adding and subtracting
  • Grasps basic problem solving skills
  • Begins to understand and create “cause and effect” ( if I water the seed and place it in the sun, it will grow into a plant.)

Words:

  • Recognizes and names upper (A) and lower (a) case letters
  • Identifies letters in their own name
  • Identifies basic colors
  • Identifies spoken words that rhyme
  • Can produce spoken rhyming word
  • Taps words in a sentence, syllables in a word
  • Tracks print (text) left to right, top to bottom, first to last page
  • Is interested in stories, retells stories, makes story predictions, answers questions about a story
  • Chooses and enjoys books
  • Enjoys illustrations and illustrates favorite story
  • Can tell story through pictures
  • Can print formal first and last name legibly
  • Holds writing tools (pencil, crayon) and scissors appropriately

Interaction:

  • Interacts well with others
  • Respects self, adults, peers and personal as well as shared space
  • Helps with clean up
  • Uses good observation
  • Reacts to situations appropriately (is excited as well as calm)
  • Listens attentively
  • Understands and complies with safety rules
  • Takes turns in a conversation – stays on topic
  • Takes care of own needs, uses bathroom with minimal help, eats with utensils
  • Follows simple directions and handles materials appropriately
  • Draws a self portrait with beginning details (eyes, hair, ears, fingers..)
  • Knows address, phone number, birthday and parents’ names.
  • Walks steadily
  • Speaks clearly enough to be understood
  • Throws, kicks and catches a ball
  • Walks up and down stairs
  • Runs, hops and pedals
  • Enjoys others
  • Is beginning to have friends and to be a friend.

Celebrate your child each day! Perfecting their beginning abilities, solid skills and efforts is a challenge! They will spend many years in formal school settings. Don’t rush them.

-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director

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