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20 Questions For Kindergarten Readiness


Q. In the olden days, if a child knew his or her first name, a few colors and could sing the alphabet song, he or she was good to go to kindergarten. This is a more complicated world. What are the things a kindergartner probably should know and be able to do on Day One?


These are excellent benchmarks to consider, and it might be helpful to give a copy of this list to your child's preschool teacher, grandparents, babysitters and post it in your home. If your child can do each of these things, he or she will be a kindergarten star:



1.       I know my six basic shapes: rectangle, square, triangle, rhombus, circle, and oval.


2.       I participate in physical activity every day.


3.       I can carry through with some responsibilities, jobs or chores.


4.       I know my address.


5.       I know my phone number.


6.       I know my and my parents' first and last names.


7.       I know some Nursery Rhymes.


8.       I know some or all of my alphabet letters and some sounds.


9.       I can take turns.


10.   I play well with other children.


11.   I know the day and the month of my birthday.


12.   I can recognize all 11 colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, brown, black, white, and gray.


13.   I can count above 10.


14.   I can cut all kinds of pictures with my scissors.


15.   Someone reads to me everyday.


16.   I can go to the bathroom by myself.


17.   I can draw and color.


18.   I sing songs often.


19.   I can play quietly by myself (without TV or adult supervision).


20.   I can write my first name with the first letter capital and the rest lowercase.


Homework: Here's an all-inclusive database about kindergarten readiness:



By Susan Darst Williams Ages & Stages 126 2008



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