For Parents: Getting Ready for Kindergarten
What will the teacher expect my child to be able to do?
What group skills does my child need?
- A child entering kindergarten is usually able to walk, run, and climb.
- She/He should be able to hold and use a pencil, crayons, and scissors.
- She/He should talk well enough for others to understand what she/he is saying and know that words can be written as well as spoken.
- Help her/him see and hear how objects and sounds may be alike or different.
- Get along well with others.
- Listen to a story in a group.
- Follow school and classroom rules.
- Remember and carry out two or three directions.
- Take turns, respect others’ property, and share.
- Take care of her/his own things, such as her/his coat.
- Go to the toilet and wash her/his hands.
- Finish her/his work assigned.
What kinds of knowledge and experience help prepare my child?
- Help her/him learn about the world around them.
- Take her/him on interesting trips—to the library, grocery store, bus ride, museum, or park.
- Talk with her/him about what she/he sees.
- Encourage curiosity and help her/him find answers to their questions.
- Teach her/him the names of colors and shapes.
- Make sure she/he knows her/his full name and how to get to school and back.