Hindu Mommy

January 23, 2006

Kindergarten readiness list

Filed under: Preschool — hindumommy @ 9:03 pm
Do your kids need to go to preschool?Preschools are a wonderful resource that help prepare children for regular school. Not to mention they also provide social interaction with children of the same age, and for a few hours each week, a much-needed break for Mom. …However, there’s only one catch? …It’s EXPENSIVE !!

 If you can’t or don’t want to send your kids to preschool , but want them to get ready for Kindergarten here is a Kindergarten readiness list that covers the basics

Academic Skills

  • Say the alphabet
  • Recognize own name, and letters in name
  • Recognize as many letters as possible (A-Z)
  • Count to 10
  • Recognize numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Count items
  • Name the basic colors (blue, red, yellow, purple, green, orange, white, brown, black)

 

Physical Skills

  • Care for personal needs (Use restroom, wash hands, fasten clothes, wipe nose, etc.)
  • Catch item tossed underhand
  • Walk up and down stairs
  • Use pencils and crayons
  • Use scissors & glue stick
  • Stack blocks
  • Put toys and class items where they belong

 

Social Skills (These are always a work in progress!)

  • Shares and takes turns
  • Sits quietly and listens in group setting
  • Follows directions
  • Demonstrates good manners while eating
  • Respects other students and adults
  • Respects other’s belongings and class items
  • Expresses thoughts and feelings clearly

 

And a Note About Reading.

Depending on your local school system, children now begin reading in either Preschool or Kindergarten. It is very important that your child be familiar with the letters of the alphabet and if possible, even the sounds each one makes. Knowing the letters will make the transition to reading much easier.

Throughout the early school years, teachers will often remind you how important it is to read to your children every day. You can make it a special time by letting the child choose the book to be read, and ask them questions about the story as you go – this will also help them develop good comprehension skills, which are needed throughout life.

Enjoy these early years together, they grow up so fast

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