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Kindergarten Readiness Checklist: What Does My Child Need to Know for Kindergarten?


Preparing your child for kindergarten can be a stressful experience. With new learning standards, children are expected to enter kindergarten with a higher skill set than previous years. Set your child up for success and start practicing some basic kindergarten prep skills that will give your child a strong foundation.

Here is a list of skills your child should practice before entering school in the fall. Print the kindergarten checklist.


  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Recognize rhyming sounds
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Follow 2-step directions
  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Make comparisons between objects such as big/little


  • Understand actions have both causes and effects
  • Start to follow rules and share
  • Separate from parents without being upset
  • Speak understandably
  • Manage bathroom needs independently

Motor Skills

  • Cut with scissors
  • Hold pencil correctly
  • Trace basic shapes
  • Hop, jump, run, bounce a ball


  • Count to ten
  • Identify numbers 1–5
  • Correspondence counting (one-to-one counting)
  • Sort similar objects by color, size, and shape
  • Identify basic shapes and colors
  • Understand more than and less than

Phonological Awareness and Print Knowledge

  • Recite the alphabet and identify most of the letters
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Identify the beginning sound of some words
  • Write name
  • Retell a story


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Heather Foudy is a certified elementary teacher with over 7 years’ experience as an educator and volunteer in the classroom. She enjoys creating lessons that are meaningful and creative for students. She is currently working for Evan-Moor’s marketing and communications team and enjoys building learning opportunities that are both meaningful and creative for students and teachers alike.







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