Today's Kindergarten looks remarkably different than the play-filled "children's garden" that was envisioned as a transition year between home and school. It has evolved into an academic year considered as a foundation for all future learning.
- Children age 5 by September 30 may enter kindergarten
- Children age 6 by September 30 must enter kindergarten
Some essential skills for entering Kindergarten are:
- Manage buttons, snaps, zippers, and tying shoes
- Pack up school bag
- Use toilet independently - wash hands
- Put on and take off a coat
- Dress self
- Eat independently
- Know first/last name, address, and telephone #
- Make a decision when given a few choices
Fine Motor Skills
- Display hand dominance - correct pencil grip
- Use scissors neatly and accurately
- Write first name using capital and lower case letters - 'Thomas'
Gross Motor Skills
- Demonstrate midline crossing
- Walk a balance beam or curb
- Run and jump with coordination
- Bounce a ball
- Follow multi-step directions - complete simple jobs at home.
- Separate from a parent without getting upset
- Accept minor disappointments or limits without tears
- Cooperate and share with others
- Listen to and follow rules
- Pay attention to adult-directed tasks
- Have group experiences (preschool, church, libraries)
- Function in a group of 25-30 children
- Begin to use self-control
- Speak understandably - speech is understood by a non-parent
- Talk in complete sentences of 5-6 words
- Tell/re-tell familiar stories
- Has often been read to
- Listens to a story without interrupting
- Recognizes name in print
- Knows colors/basic shapes
- Knows rhyming words - nursery rhymes
- Identifies some alphabet letters (upper and lower case)
- Knows the difference between a letter, number, words
- Is able to match sounds to letters
- Is able to count to 10
As a parent, have you:
- Read to your child daily?
- Limited TV time?
- Had your child immunized?
- Taken your child for a dental check-up?
- Provided multiple opportunities for learning or experiences?