Kindergarten Readiness

When your child enters school for the first time, you want the experience to be a happy one. Your child’s teacher shares this desire with you. You can help your child by taking these steps:

1.Adopt a regular bedtime – make sure your child receives an adequate amount of sleep.
2. Provide your child with a good breakfast or lunch before school.
3. Talk in complete sentences while pronouncing words correctly.
4. If your child walks to school, plan the safest way for him/her to go. Children who ride the bus will receive help from the driver. You may want to try a practice trip to and from school with your child prior to the first day of class. It is important they recognize where they get off the bus.
5. Encourage your child to do things for themselves.
6. Read to your child daily.
7. Provide your child plenty of opportunity to use pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue.
8. Label everything your child will be bringing to school or wearing to school: hats, coats, mittens, sweaters, sweatshirts.
Helpful skills to teach your child, before he/she enters kindergarten:
1. Say his/her first and last name, complete address, and phone number.
2. Say parents names and place of work.
3. Care for their toilet needs.
4. Use a handkerchief or tissue.
5. Zip and button up a coat.
6. Begin to color neatly
7. Listen and follow simple directions.
8. Be away from home for several hours without being distressed.
9. Be courteous and have respect for others
Kindergarten Teachers’ Wish List
1. Students who can sit quietly and listen to a story, poem, or nursery rhyme.
2. Ability to write their first name as a proper noun (only first letter is capitalized.)
3. Stand and follow in a line.
4. Basic concept of how to hold and use pencils, crayons, glue, and scissors.
5. Tell what a story, poem or nursery rhyme was about.
6. Work independently at their seat at least 15 minutes.
7. Know how to share and take turns.
8. Begin to raise hand to get teacher’s attention.
9. Identify some letters and numerals 0-10.
10. Identify eight basic colors
11. Identify many basic body parts.
12. In process of learning to tie shoe.