It’s never too early to start thinking about your preschooler’s kindergarten readiness. What teachers want to see on the first day of school are children who are healthy, mature, capable and eager to learn. Keep in mind that not all children are ready for school at the same time. Social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development are all important factors to consider in determining kindergarten readiness.
The following skills from STS’s Kindergarten Readiness Inventory – Parent Edition will help parents evaluate their child’s overall pattern of development and readiness. Remember that children change quite fast – if they can’t do something this week, they may be able to do it a few weeks later. Recheck this list often to see what additional skills your child can accomplish.
- Vocabulary – the ability to comprehend and recognize common sight words is a prerequisite skill for reading instruction.
- Identifying Letters – knowledge of lower-case letters is a prerequisite skill for word recognition.
- Visual Discrimination – the ability to determine differences between objects or symbols by sight is a skill necessary for identifying letters, numerals and geometric designs.
- Phonemic Awareness – the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in spoken words is essential to learning to read.
- Comprehension and Interpretation – understanding a text that is read aloud, extracting useful information and constructing a meaning is necessary for oral comprehension and interpretation skills.
- Mathematical Knowledge – knowledge of number meaning, recognition and numerical order.
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