Pillars of Kindergarten Readiness

If your child seems to be meeting these skills, then he or she is likely ready for kindergarten.

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Literacy & Numeracy Development

  • Recognizes shapes: square, circle, triangle, rectangle
  • Can sort items by color, shape, size
  • Can identify six parts of his/her body
  • Recognizes numbers 1- 10
  • Counts from 1 to 10
  • Counts objects to 10
  • Recognizes eight basic colors
  • Recognizes his/her written name
  • Recognizes letters of alphabet (upper case and lower case)
  • Writes own name with first letter capitalized and others lower case
  • Puts objects in order of smallest to largest
  • Demonstrates concepts of:
    • Up/down
    • In/out
    • Left/right
    • Backward/forward
    • Same/different

Independence & Self-Care

Personal Information

  • Knows his/her full name
  • Knows how old he/she is
  • Knows his/her address
  • Knows his/her mother and father’s first names

Personal Hygiene

  • Washes hands without help
  • Blows nose
  • Goes to the bathroom by him/herself, including being able to wipe him/herself and flush the commode.

Social & Emotional Maturity

  • Uses words instead of being physical when angry
  • Speaks clearly so an adult can understand him/her
  • Plays with other children
  • Follows simple directions
  • Expresses feelings and needs
  • Waits his/her turn and shares
  • Talks in sentences
  • Asks questions about things around him/ her
  • Enjoys having books read to him/her
  • Can tell a story about a past event
  • Says “please” and “thank you”
  • Can spend extended periods away from parents and grandparents

Motor Skills

Gross Motor Skills

  • Runs, jumps and skips
  • Walks backward
  • Walks up and down stairs

Fine Motor Skills

  • Puts a 10- to 12-piece puzzle together
  • Holds scissors correctly
  • Cuts objects without help
  • Holds a pencil or crayon properly
  • Colors within lines
  • Buttons shirts, pants, coats and zips up zippers