Here is a checklist of items that are beneficial for your child to know or to have worked on before coming to kindergarten, as well as ideas of how to work on these skills with your child. This checklist is simply to be used as a guide in preparing your child for kindergarten. Remember, our kindergarten teachers will teach your child where they are and move them to the next step.
I can sing/say the alphabet.
- Read and enjoy alphabet books together.
- Practice recognizing and writing both upper and lower letters.
- Help your child recognize letters of the alphabet in everyday life, such as restaurants, road signs, cereal boxes, etc.
I can count to 10.
- Have your child count their snacks, such as pretzels, crackers or grapes.
- Count each item as you pick up 10 things to put away in the house or bedroom.
- Count the number of stair steps in your house or the number of steps from your car to the store.
I know my colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black).
- When your child is coloring, ask what colors were used.
- Have your child draw objects on paper and ask them to color the objects a certain color.
- Have your child sort objects by color (such as clothes, blocks, Skittles, M&M’s or Fruit Loops) then have them name the colors.
- Discuss colors of things in the world around you, such as the sky, grass, cars and clothing items.
I can write my name using only one capital letter.
- Have your child practice writing their name using a variety of tools such as a Magna Doodle, crayons, pencils and markers. Check that your child is gripping the writing utensil correctly.
- Write your child’s name in large letters. Say each letter aloud as your write it so your child can associate the name of the letter with the shape of the letter.
- Cut apart the letters of your child’s name (or use magnetic letters) and have them put them back in the correct order, saying the name of each letter while doing so.
- Label your child’s door or other objects so they can see their name in print.
I can write numbers 0-5 and count and touch objects.
- Read and enjoy counting books together.
- Use magnetic numbers to have your child practice naming them. Have your child put in the numbers for your phone numbers in order, saying each number while doing so.
- Practice writing numbers with a variety of materials such as pencils, crayons, markers, sidewalk chalk, etc.