What Your Child Needs to Know for Kindergarten Success

Are you a parent with a child entering kindergarten this coming school year? Maybe you’re stuck in the midst of school applications and assessments? Here is a helpful list of things your child should know for kindergarten success.

  • Can state their first and last name when asked.
  • Use appropriate grip when using pencils, crayons, and scissors.
  • Count to at least 30 and can identify what number comes before or after a given number to 20.
  • Can transition from play to another subject without frustration.
  • Knows basic colors.
  • Handles their own business by throwing their trash away, putting bags away, etc. without prompting.
  • Can identify their own name. Know all the letters in their name. Can print their first name. Capital letter first then lower case.
  • Can count a given set of objects.
  • Can retell a simple story in sequence.
  • Identify numbers 1-20 in random order.
  • Be able to rhyme words.
  • Know basic geometric shapes.
  • Identify most if not all upper and lower case letters and can make most letter sounds.
  • Be able to handle and solve problems without frustration.
  • Understands concepts of print. (left to right/ top to bottom)
  • Handle their business in the bathroom independently.
  • Can tie their own shoes.
  • Be able to follow 2-3 step directions.
  • Can sit and pay attention during circle time.
  • Can share supplies and toys with other students without resistance.

How are you feeling during this time? Overwhelmed? Excited? Share in the comments below. Connect with us on ways you helped your child succeed in crossing off these skills.

Charlee Conner
Charlee moved to Baton Rouge from the mountains of Park City, Utah just 5 years ago. She has been married to her husband Jeff for 11 years and is a stay at home mom to their little boy Rockwell, age 6. Between carpool, sports, trips to the park; you can find her trying to get in a good workout, shopping at Trader Joe’s, or helping out in the community as a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Charlee is a lover of beauty & fashion, travel, hosting guests, cooking, and having a good laugh with friends. After struggling to conceive and rounds of IVF, she continues to contribute to the awareness of infertility. Her family loves catching movies together, grabbing dinner at local spots, or packing up and heading on a getaway any chance they get.


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