Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Students entering kindergarten should be able to:
  • share and understand the concept of taking turns
  • cooperate and play well with others
  • sit still and listen to an entire story
  • attend to a task for at least 10 minutes
  • speak and ask for what they need
  • recognize their own name and answer to it
  • help to pick up and put away materials after an activity is finished
  • use the toilet independently
  • play by themselves for a short period of time
  • be away from parents for a brief period and understand that they will come back

You are your child's FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT teacher! To get your child ready for kindergarten, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents do the following (which we are confident you are already doing) : 
  • teach new skills through familiar activities (i.e. counting, sorting)
  • set behavioral limits and be consistent with discipline
  • encourage your child to accept responsibility for hygiene, dressing, and cleaning up
  • provide your child with a well-balanced diet
  • set a specific bedtime
  • provide opportunities for indoor and outdoor play
  • take time each day to listen to your child about his/her day
  • encourage your child to draw and practice writing his/ her name
  • read to your child every day