Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

No single factor determines when children are ready for kindergarten. Readiness is best determined by evaluating a combination of physical, social, and cognitive abilities that prepare children for academic and social expectations at school. Preschool teachers, child care providers, and pediatricians can offer expert advice on the readiness of your child because they are able to assess his or her skills in the context of other children the same age.

We invite parents to observe our kindergartners interact and play, and the skills they use. Can you picture your child in this environment?

Below is a list of skills that are commonly expected at the beginning of kindergarten. If you can answer “yes” to most of these skills, and “sometimes” to the remainder, then your child is ready for kindergarten. 

  • Follows simple directions 

  • Has the desire to be independent (puts on coat and backpack; uses the restroom independently) 

  • Recognizes some letters and numbers (although these will be covered in class) 

  • Exhibits a willingness to work on fine and gross motor skills (holds a pencil, scissors, etc.) 

  • Gets along with adults and other children 

  • Can express his or her feelings and has coping strategies for dealing with them 

  • Shows an interest in learning

Do not be overly concerned if your child has not mastered everything on the list. Children grow and adapt at an incredible pace during this time. If your child is not exhibiting a particular skill one week, he or she may have that skill by the next week.