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Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

Making Sure Your Preschooler Is Ready For Kindergarten

Not sure if your child is ready to tackle the world of kindergarten? Our Kindergarten Readiness Checklist will give you an idea on what areas your child is doing well in, and where he may need some extra attention. It's a good idea to do the checklist, print it out and then work with your child in the areas she needs extra help. In a few weeks, do the checklist again to see how much your child has improved.

Answer "Yes" or "Not yet" to the following statements:

Fine Motor Skills

1. Puts a 10- to 12-piece puzzle together
2. Holds scissors correctly
3. Holds a pencil or crayon properly

Gross Motor Skills

1. Runs, jumps and skips
2. Walks backward
3. Walks up and down stairs

Social Skills

1. Uses words instead of being physical when angry
2. Speaks clearly so an adult can understand him/her
3. Plays with other children
4. Follows simple directions
5. Expresses feelings and needs
6. Goes to the bathroom by him/herself
7. Waits his/her turn and shares
8. Talks in sentences
9. Asks questions about things around him/her
10. Enjoys having books read to him/her
11. Can tell a story about a past event
12. Says "please" and "thank you"
13. Can spend extended periods away from Mom and Dad

Academic Skills

1. Recognizes shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle)
2. Can sort items by color, shape and size
3. Can identify six parts of his/her body
4. Understands concept words such as up, down, in, out, behind, over
5. Counts from 1 to 10
6. Recognizes five colors
7. Tries to write his/her name
8. Recognizes his/her written name

Personal Information

1. Knows his/her full name
2. Knows how old he/she is
3. Knows his/her address and telephone number
4. Knows his/her mother and father's first names

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