If your son or daughter is approaching 5-years old, you might be asking, “Is my child ready for kindergarten?” Here’s a guide on how to evaluate and prepare in early childhood for kindergarten readiness.
From birth to five years old, there’s a lot of many skills our kids learn and develops. Additionally, young children start to learn many of these skills in preschool. But if your son or daughter will meet their kindergarten teacher and start school soon, we all can’t help to evaluate their kindergarten readiness.
KINDERGARTEN READINESS CHECKLIST
Here’s a simple kindergarten readiness assessment to know if your kid is ready. If your child can do these things in these categories, they will have a smooth transition to kindergarten:
Fine Motor Skills
- Use and hold writing, art, and craft utensils properly
- Trace over or copy shapes, letters, and numbers fairly accurately
- Writes some letters, typically their name (upper and lower case)
Early Learning and Academic Skills
- Identify, copies, or repeats patterned sequences
- Recognizes and can group similar objects (by shape, size, and color)
- Solves basic puzzles
- Identifies different colors
- Listens to and repeats stories, songs, or poems
- Understands how to read a book in a natural flow
- Can count from one to ten in a sequence
- Can add or subtract up to five
- Recognizes basic shapes
- Arrange items in the correct order or groups
Language and Communication Skills
- Knows and says first and last name
- Communicates needs and wants
- Can speak and be understood (in mostly complete sentences)
- Knows and can speak most or all of the alphabet in order
- Can run and jump (even on one foot)
- Able to use bathroom and clean up on own
- Hand-eye coordination to play games (like a ball)
- Can climb stairs and on playgrounds
- Ready to handle a full day of school without parent or guardian
- Can listen and understand directions (for at least 5 minutes)
- Interacts with other children
This might look like a lot! Don’t worry, children don’t need to be perfectly ready. But if you feel like some areas of school readiness aren’t quite there, you can help with childhood education. Some worksheets and activities I shared below will help you prep.
Please also consult with your school district on any additional requirements. Also future students with disabilities will want to do additional research. But this checklist will cover general needs.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten with Worksheets
Just before my daughter entered Kindergarten, we wanted to help her brush up a bit on her letters and other basic skills.
I created a new Alphabet Handwriting Drill, and made about a hundred copies to keep on hand this summer. I was realizing we have quite a few worksheets that review Basic Kindergarten Skills so I combined them all into one handy kit that you can download at the end of this post. All five of these free printable worksheets are perfect for getting your little one ready for Kindergarten.
Recognizing Uppercase and Lowercase Letters
Without really thinking about it, we often spend much more time practicing uppercase than lowercase letters. This worksheet will help your little one practice pairing upper case with their lower case letters. As you’re doing this worksheet, it’s a great opportunity to also review the basic letter sounds. Check out our Letter Matching worksheet to get started.
Oh, it’s hard to write this with a straight face because we Moms know the trouble scissors can create. Nonetheless, learning to use scissors properly is an essential Kindergarten skill. Our simple Shooting Star exercise provides an entertaining review of (or perhaps introduction to) scissors.
Even with preschool, Kindergarten is perhaps the first time our little ones will be expected to follow directions. Our Directional Worksheet not only helps master left and right concepts, it is also the perfect excuse to review basic shapes — knocking out two basic kindergarten skills in one worksheet!
Mastering Numbers 1 through 20
Our Sunshine Counting worksheet provides a great excuse to practice counting to 20. If that’s too easy–challenge your kindergartner to do it backwards!
Our Alphabet Handwriting Drill works out both the upper and lowercase letters. Trace the alphabet twice then practice doing writing it once on your own!
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