What To Teach Your Kids Before Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a very important stage in every child’s life. A stage that kid’s should be allowed to play, explore, and learn.

 

Kindergarten

 

In this article, you will be introduce to a list of kindergarten readiness skills based upon a preschool inventory given to children at a local Pre-Kindergarten program.

 

You can use it as a guiding document or a check list of the things you should be teaching your kids before kindergarten.  

 

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

 

LEARNING

  • Shows an eagerness to learn and age-appropriate curiosity
  • Persists in completing a task and is willing to ask for help if needed
  • Exemplifies a pleasant and cooperative personality

SELF-CONTROL

  • Follows rules and routines
  • Manages transitions (going from one activity to the next)
  • Demonstrates normal activity level

INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS

  • Interacts easily with one or more children
  • Interacts easily with familiar adults
  • Participates in group activities
  • Plays well with others
  • Takes turns and shares
  • Cleans up after play

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

  • Seeks adult help when needed to resolve conflicts
  • Uses words to resolve conflicts

 

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

 

LISTENING

  • Listens attentively to directions and conversations
  • Follows one and two-step directions

SPEAKING

  • Speaks clearly and can be easily understood without the need for contextual clues
  • Can sequence events in an oral conversation

LITERATURE AND READING

  • Listens with interest to stories read aloud
  • Shows interest in reading-related activities
  • Retells information from a story

WRITING

  • Uses pictures to communicate ideas
  • Scribbles, draws shapes, or attempts to create letter-like symbols to write words or ideas

ALPHABET KNOWLEDGE

  • Recites/sings alphabet
  • Identifies upper-case letters
  • Identifies lower-case letters
  • Matches upper-case letters to the lower-case letter counterpart

 

 

MATHEMATICAL THINKING

 

PATTERNS AND RELATIONSHIPS

  • Sorts by color, shape, and size
  • Orders or seriates several objects on the basis of one attribute (i.e. “size”– small, medium, large)
  • Recognizes simple patterns and duplicates them (i.e. circle, square, circle, square)

NUMBER CONCEPT AND OPERATIONS

  • Rote counts to 20
  • Demonstrates one-to-one correspondence when counting 10 objects
  • Matches oral numbers to their written numerals
  • Identifies numerals 0-10

GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL RELATIONS

  • Identifies 4 shapes- circle, square, rectangle, triangle
  • Demonstrates concepts of positional/directional concepts (up/down, over/under, in/out, behind/in front of, beside/between, top/bottom, inside/outside, above/below, high/low, right/left, off/on, first/last, far/near, go/stop).

Measurement

  • Shows understanding of and uses comparative words (big/little, large/small, short/long, tall/short, slow/fast, few/many, empty/full, less/more).

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

 

GROSS-MOTOR SKILLS

  • Pedals and steers a tricycle
  • Jumps in place, landing on two feet
  • Jumps consecutively- 7 jumps
  • Balances on one foot for 5 seconds
  • Hops on one foot 2-3 hops
  • Hops on one foot- 6 ft.
  • Throws a ball with direction- 5 ft.
  • Catches a thrown ball with arms and body
  • Climbs a playground ladder
  • Skips smoothly for 20 feet

 

FINE-MOTOR SKILLS

  • Stacks 10 small blocks
  • Strings large beads
  • Completes a seven-piece interlocking puzzle
  • Makes a pancake, snake, and ball from playdough
  • Grasps pencil correctly
  • Copies:  vertical line, horizontal line, circle, cross, square, V, triangle
  • Prints first name
  • Grasps scissors correctly
  • Cuts within 1/4″ of a straight line
  • Cuts out a small square, triangle, and circle
  • Uses a glue stick appropriately
  • Uses appropriate amount of glue for tasks

 

THE ARTS

 

CREATIVE ARTS

  • Identifies 10 colors:  red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, white, brown, pink
  • Uses a variety of art materials for tactile experience and exploration (paint, crayons, markers, clay, etc)
  • Enjoys singing
  • Dances like no one is watching  🙂
  • Makes believe with objects
  • Takes on pretend roles and situations

 

Remember parents, this list is just a guide.

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