Parents are often unsure if their child is ready to begin kindergarten. Here a couple of signs and skills to look for in your child. Please note it is not necessary for your child to know/exhibit all of these skills to enter kindergarten. In addition, children with diagnosed developmental disabilities will likely not be able to master these skills before entering kindergarten and will require special education services to support them in school.
- Rote counts to 15
- Recognizes colors and basic shapes
- Sorts objects by color, size, and shape
- Exposure to alphabet letters
- Follows 2-3 step verbal directions
- Grasps a pencil for writing with established pencil grip and cut with scissors
- Separates easily from parents
- Articulates basic wants and needs
If you are not sure if your child is ready for kindergarten, you may consider consulting with an Educational Specialist at Child and Family Development who can discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses with you and if necessary administer screening assessments to determine your child’s readiness for kindergarten.