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Kindergarten Readiness: How to Help Your Child Get Ready

Kindergarten Readiness: How to Help Your Child Get Ready

At New Summit, we understand the importance of children being ready to begin their exciting adventure in Kindergarten and having Kindergarten readiness. Here is a list of kindergarten readiness skills which you can work on now, to ensure your student is prepared for this first, critical year of school.

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist


  • Recognizing/naming alphabet letters
  • Rhyming
  • Reading to Kids, talking about vocabulary
  • First Sounds
  • Handwriting: first name with capital and lowercase letters


  • Counting number 1-20
  • Recognizing number 1-20
  • One to one correspondence: touch and slide
  • Classifying: sorting into groups by attributes: color, size, and shape


  • Sitting still for 10 minutes, then increasing the time
  • Listening to a story without interrupting
  • Skipping/running/coordination
  • Telling about something using 2-3 full sentences
  • Eye contact with an adult when speaking with an adult
  • Following 2-3 simple directions
  • Complete bathroom independence
  • Tying shoes with laces; Zipping pants and jackets

Tips for Teaching Readiness Skills

Recognizing/naming alphabet letters
Get/make an alphabet strip. Have your child point and say the letters. You can do half of the alphabet at a time. On the alphabet strip, have your child find and say the letters of their first name.

Begin with words that rhyme with your child’s name. You can explain that when words are the same in the middle and the end, we call that rhyming. Of course, rhyming words can be silly or made up. i.e. Eve: heave, leave, deve, meve, Steve, etc. Then you can use other words. Always start with an example. “I know a word that rhymes with book. It’s hook! Can you think of one?”

Reading to Kids, talking about vocabulary
Read to your child 15-20 minutes day. When you come to a word in the book that is unfamiliar to your child, stop and explain it. Have your child repeat the word. If possible, relate it to your lives. i.e. “Excited. Excited is when a person is very happy and looking forward to something. It’s like when we decided to get a dog. We were so excited.”

First Sounds
Begin with your child’s name. “What sound does your name begin with.” Then ask what other words begin with the same sound.Then say a word and ask your child to say the beginning sound.

Handwriting: first name with capital and lower-case letters.

Counting numbers 1-20. Have your child repeat numbers 1-10 after you. Now count while you point to each number. Keep counting, adding 2 numbers, until you get to 20.

Recognizing numbers 1-20
Using a calendar, randomly point to a number and have your child name it. Begin with numbers 1-10, then 11-20 and finally 21-31. This takes many repetitions.

One to one correspondence: touch and slide
Place a group of objects in front of your child (2-5 in number). Model “touch and slide”: as you touch each object, slide it and count. When your child can do this with 5 objects, increase the number of objects.

Classifying: sorting into groups by attributes: color, size, etc.
Place a random group of things in front of your child. Show them how to put all items of the same color in one group, another group of a different color, etc. Repeat with grouping by size: small and large; shape (square and round); texture (rough and smooth), etc. Be sure to model your thinking: “I put all of these things in one group because they are all round [large, red, etc]”.

Information courtesy of Holly Van Wieren

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