Kindergarten is right around the corner for many of our students. One thing parents ask a lot is what exactly does their child need to know before stepping foot into that kindergarten classroom.
Here at Raising Arizona Preschool we do our best to prepare your child for Kindergarten. This comes through our emergent curriculum, play based learning and teachers who know what they are doing. However, we also believe education begins at home and parents can and should know where their child is at academically.
Here are 35 things your child needs to know before Kindergarten:
- Bounces, kicks, throws and catches a ball
- Understands concepts of in/out, under/over, on/off, front/back, etc.
- Knows by heart and recites some common nursery rhymes and songs
- Pretends creates and makes up songs or stories
- Describes characters’ actions and feelings in a story
- Understands concepts of none, some and all and more than and less than
- Shows interest and asks questions about objects and events observed in their environment
- Draws recognizable shapes and simple objects
- Explores with common musical instruments
- Understands that people live in different parts of the worlds and have different customs and traditions
- Puts events of a story in order
- Enjoys improvising or copying musical patterns
- Recognizes basic traditions such as birthdays
- Able to recognize and name numbers 1-10, even when they are out of order
- count to 20
- count 10 objects, pointing to each one as she counts
- hold a book and turn pages
- write her first name
- identify some letter sounds
- Interacts appropriately with adults and peers
- Puts puzzles together
- Tries to tie own shoes
- Relates stories to personal experiences
- Uses comparison words, like “bigger,”smaller,”heavier,” etc.
- Rides a tricycle
- Recognize her first name
- Recognize the letters (uppercase and lowercase) of the alphabet
- Identify colors in an 8-ct crayon pack
- Works cooperatively (listens to others, shares and takes turns)
- Sort items by size, color, or shape
- Tell if two words rhyme
- Respects the rights, property and feelings of others
- Know parents full names and at least one parent’s phone numbers.
- Recognize and name basic shapes: square, circle, triangle, and rectangle
- Say or sing the alphabet
These are just some of the basic things a child should know before entering Kindergarten. The best way to prepare your child for Kindergarten is to read, read, read. Talk while they are playing, work on sorting blocks while building, count cars while “driving”. Children learn best while moving and interacting with others. And their first and best teacher are always YOU!