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Kindergarten Readiness

Use appropriate three-finger grasp when using classroom instruments (pencils, crayons and scissors).

Count to at least 20 and tells what number comes before or after a given number to 20.

Identify basic geometric shapes (triangle, circle, square, rectangle, oval, star and heart).

Know basic colors (red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, black, and white, brown, pink).

Identify numerals 1-10 in random order.

Make most letter/sound matches.

Identify most upper and lower case letters.

Use finger to accurately touch and count items to ten.

Knows concepts of print (front and back of book, which page comes first, can track words left to right).

Be able to rhyme words.

Understand directional words (behind, under, over, in, on).

If your child’s main language is Spanish, make sure your child can express to their teacher if they are in pain, if they need to go to the bathroom, etc.

Retells simple stories in sequence.

Your child has the capacity to recognize letters on sight. By 4 years of age, 43% of children are proficient in recognizing letters by their shape, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Helping your child sing the alphabet song, writing out letters of the alphabet for her and talking about each one should help your child become more familiar with the alphabet.

Helping your child recognize letters and learn what sound each letter makes can prepare your child for reading. Play games that help your child learn the sounds in the alphabet, like saying a word and allowing him to guess what letter it starts with, or locating items around town that start with a certain letter. One day those skills will help him to read his first book.

Your child should easily be able to recognize her own name. Although it may involve memorizing the order of letters more than reading or spelling, helping your child recognize her name spelled out gives her a rudimentary knowledge of certain letters and their sounds. Write her name on a piece of paper, or spell it out on a plaque for her door so that she becomes interested in the personalized use of her name.