• Kindergarten Readiness
  • PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

    Mrs. Kristie Arendale, school counselor and kindergarten teacher, offered the following advice to parents concerned about getting "ready" for school. 
     
    "Expose your child to the world around them. Talk to them about numbers, letters, shapes and colors. Help them learn to print their name (first letter uppercase). Practice basic skills such as handwashing, buttoning, tying shoes, and going to the restroom alone. Begin teaching organization by giving the child a place to keep their personal items - coat, schoolbag, markers, etc. Be positive and excited about the big step to kindergarten. If you are reluctant, he/she will be also."
  • General Skills Overview
    • General Health
      • Get plenty of rest
      • Be able to get through early afternoon without a nap
      • Immunizations must be up-to-date
      • Will need proof of a medical and dental physical before starting school
      • Play regularly outside to help build gross motor skills
      • Build fine motor skills by working puzzles, using markers, and cutting with scissors
      • Use a fork and work on good table manners
      • Dress him/herself and begin tying shoes
      • Master bathroom skills
      • Take care of personal belongings
    • Social and Emotional Development
      • Can work independently
      • Can play well with others
      • Finishes what he/she starts
      • Cleans up when done
      • Can be flexible with routine
      • Understands and respects authority
      • Beginning to maintain composure when upset or angry
      • Can follow direction and completes tasks when asked the first time
    • Language Skills
      • Has opportunities to talk and listen daily
      • Is read to daily
      • Can listen with interest to stories for 15 minutes or so
      • Tells first and last name when asked
      • Recognizes first name by sight
      • Writes first name with the first letter capitalized
      • Can tell address (at least street details)
      • Recognizes letters in the alphabet
      • Writes some letters
      • Produces sounds of the letters
      • Speaks in at least five-word sentences
      • Reads environmental print (i.e. store signs, cereal boxes, etc.)
      • Can hold a book and follow along
      • Has familiarity with nursery rhymes and can fill-in blanks when prompted
    • Math Skills
      • Beginning to sort and recognize patterns
      • Identifies basic colors and shapes
      • Counts to 20
      • Recognizes numbers to 10
      • Instantly recognizes sets of 1, 2, and 3
      • Is familiar with coins