35 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

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.

35 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

Here are 35 things your child needs to know before Kindergarten:

  1. Bounces, kicks, throws and catches a ball
  2. Understands concepts of in/out, under/overon/offfront/back, etc.
  3. Knows by heart and recites some common nursery rhymes and songs
  4. Pretends creates and makes up songs or stories
  5. Describes characters’ actions and feelings in a story
  6.  Understands concepts of nonesome and all and more than and less than
  7. Shows interest and asks questions about objects and events observed in their environment
  8. Draws recognizable shapes and simple objects
  9. Explores with common musical instruments
  10.  Understands that people live in different parts of the worlds and have different customs and traditions
  11. Puts events of a story in order
  12. Enjoys improvising or copying musical patterns
  13. Recognizes basic traditions such as birthdays
  14.  Able to recognize and name numbers 1-10, even when they are out of order
  15. count to 20
  16. count 10 objects, pointing to each one as she counts
  17. hold a book and turn pages
  18. write her first name
  19. identify some letter sounds
  20. Interacts appropriately with adults and peers
  21. Puts puzzles together
  22.  Tries to tie own shoes
  23. Relates stories to personal experiences
  24. Uses comparison words, like “bigger,”smaller,”heavier,” etc.
  25.  Rides a tricycle
  26. Recognize her first name
  27. Recognize the letters (uppercase and lowercase) of the alphabet
  28. Identify colors in an 8-ct crayon pack
  29. Works cooperatively (listens to others, shares and takes turns)
  30.  Sort items by size, color, or shape
  31.  Tell if two words rhyme
  32. Respects the rights, property and feelings of others
  33.  Know parents full names and at least one parent’s phone numbers.
  34. Recognize and name basic shapes: square, circle, triangle, and rectangle
  35. 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!


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