Kids Korner

Preparing for Kindergarten


What your child needs to know to be ready for kindergarten!

Academic Readiness

  • Be able to cut out simple shapes.
  • Know primary/basic colors (blue, red, orange, green, yellow, pink, purple, black, white, brown)
  • Count to 30 and be able to tell what number comes before or after a given number up to 20.
  • Identify numbers 1-10 in random order.
  • Be able to state first and last name when asked.
  • Identify all letters in first name.
  • Be able to write first name with first letter upper case and remaining letters lower case.
  • Decipher between upper and lower case letters.
  • Know letter names A-Z.
  • Know most basic letter sounds.
  • Be able to rhyme words.
  • Be able to retell a simple story in sequential order.
  • Use appropriate three finger grasp when using writing instruments such as pencils, crayons, and markers.


Social Readiness

  • Understand and comply with simple directions (one to two steps)
  • Adjust own clothing before and after using restroom
  • Use restroom independently including washing hands
  • Take off and put on outer clothing
  • Sit for a story for 5-10 minutes
  • Ability to clean up after him or herself
  • Shares materials and toys with other children
  • Be able to adjust to new situations
  • Be able to use words to solve problems or conflicts
  • Use words like please, thank you, and excuse me
  • Ability to express needs and wants verbally