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Kindergarten Readiness

Ready For Kindergarten


Cognitive/Academic Development

  • Able to write and recognize own name

  • Able to draw simple pictures

  • Identify colors, shapes, and patterns

  • Learn numbers 1 to 30

  • Understand the concepts of less and more

  • Beginning to identify rhyming words

  • Identify some alphabet letters

  • Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape

  • Ask questions

How we achieve this: question of the day, all school activities, field trips, singing, visiting expert presentations, art center, sensory bins, calendar activities, journaling, drawing, writing center, teachers encourage questions, debriefing at the conclusion of a project, puzzle and game center, building and block center

Social & Interpersonal Skills

  • Engage in cooperative play

  • Flexible and adjust to classroom routines

  • Develop independence, self confidence, self-efficacy

  • Learn to play well and empathize with others

  • Develop problem solving skills

  • Respect for others

  • Able to follow instructions and rules

  • Able to share items and space with others

  • Separate from parents without being upset

  • Understand that actions have causes and effects

  • Assume responsibility

How we achieve this: all school activities, morning meetings, role-play, story time, culture of conversation, mixed-age activities, small and large group discussions, dramatic play, teachers encourage questions, positive discipline techniques, social and emotional curriculum, anti-bias curriculum, Kimochis®

Large & Small Motor Development

  • Grasp and maneuver a pencil, crayon or marker

  • Cut with scissors

  • Dance to music

  • Jumping in place

  • Throw a ball

  • Can use fingers in finger-play

  • Trace shapes

  • Run

  • Bounce a ball

How we achieve this: all activities, dancing, outdoor play, walking field trips, cooking activities, art center, beading activities, morning meetings, finger play games, puzzle and game center

Self Care Skills

  • Use the bathroom without help

  • Wash own hands

  • Able to dress by self (may still need assistance with buttons, zippers and shoelaces)

  • Can recite own first and last name, birth date, address, and phone number

  • Covers mouth with elbow or shirt sleeve when coughing or sneezing

  • Able to pick healthy foods from basic food groups

How we achieve this: encouragement and assistance from teachers, morning meetings, story time, roleplay, gardening, science center, teacher modeling, parent support and participation

Language Skills

  • Able to describe feelings and emotions

  • Increase vocabulary

  • Able to hold conversation

  • Talk in complete sentences of 5 - 6 words

  • With prompting, able to retell some key details of a story

  • Look at a picture and then tell a story

How we achieve this: morning meeting, encourage conversations, story time, rhyming games, solo reading, building and block center, dramatic play center, teachers ask open-ended questions, teacher modeling, parent support and participation, mixed-age activities, outdoor activities

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