Kindergarten Readiness Expectations


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
  1. Identify the front/back of the book.
  2. Identify the title of the book.
  3. Identify the first word on the page of a book.
  • Comprehension
  1. Make predictions during a story.
  2. Answer questions about story elements (who, where, what happened, etc.).
  3. Retell a story or experience (telling, drawing, and dramatic play).
  • Writing
  1. Use scribble to convey a message.
  2. Use known letters and approximations of letters to represent written language.
  3. 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.
  4. Identify a minimum of ten lower- and upper-case letters of the alphabet.
  5. Recognize written name.
  6. Recognize basic category labels used in classroom.


Mathematical and Scientific Thinking

  • Number Sense
  1. Point one-to-one while counting objects to ten or higher.
  2. 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
  1. Create simple patterns using colors, shapes, or sounds.
  2. Distinguish between a pattern and a non-pattern.
  3. Sort objects into groups by one attribute (color, shape, size, etc.).
  • Geometry
  1. Identify circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles in various forms.
  2. Build shapes with objects (i.e., craft sticks, play dough, etc.).
  • Spatial Reasoning

Place objects above, below, next to, beside, inside, or outside.

  • Measurement

Answer simple questions about real and pictorial graphs.

Scientific Thinking

  • Inquiry

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
  1. Use a variety of materials (i.e., crayons, various sized pencils, clay, markers) to create original work.
  2. Respond to music of various tempos through movement.

Motor Development

  • 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).