Kindergarten Readiness Expectations
Prior to kindergarten, your child should be able to:
Approaches to Learning
- Ask questions about things in the classroom.
Social and Emotional Development
- Follow simple classroom rules and routines.
- Put materials away in designated places during clean-up time.
- Manage transitions (change activities or move place-to-place in an orderly manner).
- Play cooperatively with other children.
- Seek adult assistance appropriately.
- Seek adult help when needed to resolve conflicts.
Language and Communication
- Ask questions and add information related to current topics of conversation.
Emergent Literacy (Early Reading, Writing, Language, Listening, and Speaking Behaviors)
- Identify concepts of print
- Identify the front/back of the book.
- Identify the title of the book.
- Identify the first word on the page of a book.
- Make predictions during a story.
- Answer questions about story elements (who, where, what happened, etc.).
- Retell a story or experience (telling, drawing, and dramatic play).
- Use scribble to convey a message.
- Use known letters and approximations of letters to represent written language.
- Write own name (e.g., first name, last name), not necessarily with full correct spelling or well-formed letters, using capital and lower- case letters.
- Identify a minimum of ten lower- and upper-case letters of the alphabet.
- Recognize written name.
- Recognize basic category labels used in classroom.
Mathematical and Scientific Thinking
- Number Sense
- Point one-to-one while counting objects to ten or higher.
- Count two different sets of objects (ten through15) and determine which set has more or less.
- Number and Operations
Name “how many” are in a group of objects after counting up to ten objects.
- Patterns and Series of Patterns
- Create simple patterns using colors, shapes, or sounds.
- Distinguish between a pattern and a non-pattern.
- Sort objects into groups by one attribute (color, shape, size, etc.).
- Identify circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles in various forms.
- Build shapes with objects (i.e., craft sticks, play dough, etc.).
- Spatial Reasoning
Place objects above, below, next to, beside, inside, or outside.
Answer simple questions about real and pictorial graphs.
Describe observations using simple tools, such as a magnifying glass or magnets.
Social Studies and the Arts
- Human Interdependence
Give simple explanations of what community workers do.
- Expression and Representation
- Use a variety of materials (i.e., crayons, various sized pencils, clay, markers) to create original work.
- Respond to music of various tempos through movement.
- Gross Motor Development
Run, jump, kick, and throw during play.
- Fine Motor Development
Use fine motor tools without assistance (i.e., scissors, markers, various sized pencils, tape, clothes pins).