Ready for Kindergarten?

Kindergarten teachers and child development experts suggest that a new kindergartener should:

  • Know her first and last name and her parent's first and last names.
  • Recognize letters (both lowercase and uppercase) and numbers (up to 10).
  • Communicate wants and needs (like hunger, pain, happiness) through words.
  • Know basic colors and shapes.
  • Use the bathroom and wash her hands all by herself.
  • Solve problems without hitting, biting, or yelling.
  • Follow instructions from teachers and parents.
  • Be comfortable being apart from her parents during the school day.
  • Sit quietly for short periods of time.
  • Be curious and interested in activities like story and art time.