Kindergarten Readiness Skills
What are “readiness” skills?
These skills will help your child have a successful kindergarten experience, build confidence and independence, and provide the foundation from which learning can grow. A student may demonstrate readiness skills when he/she:
1. Demonstrates a desire to be independent and easily separates from parents/guardians.
2. Displays developmentally appropriate self-regulation skills such as: listening/responding, following two-step directions, waiting for short amounts of time, and interacting positively with peers.
3. Prints his or her first name properly using an upper-case first letter and lower-case remaining letters.
4. Demonstrates familiarity with letter names and sounds.
5. Practices correctly holding a pencil and/or crayon. Provide opportunities to practice fine motor skills through writing, coloring, mazes, and dot to dot activities.
6. Identifies the eight basic colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, brown.
7. Sorts a group of items by color, shape or size.
8. Understands basic patterning – ABAB, AABAAB, ABBABB, etc.
9. Is responsible for personal belongings and school supplies.
10. Zips, buttons, and snaps clothing independently.
11. Begins to learn how to tie shoelaces.
12. Is potty trained and able to independently demonstrate bathroom skills.