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Your kindergarten readiness checklist

If you have a child who will be beginning kindergarten next year, it’s never too early to make sure they have all the skills most schools require. It’s a whole new ballgame for kids (and parents!) so the more prepared, the better.

While specific requirements for each school may vary, there are some basic things that it’s good to make sure you’ve checked off or are working on checking off before next year.

And guess what, you’re in luck … being able to read or add and subtract are NOT on the list.

Here’s a handy checklist of the basic things they’ll need to know:

  • Know their letters, colors and shapes

  • Able to write their name

  • Be able to use the bathroom independently

  • Put on and take off their shoes but not necessarily tie their shoes

  • Be able to put on and take off their backpack by themselves

  • Know their phone number and address

  • Able to use scissors

  • Pay attention and follow directions

  • Basic social skills

If you can’t check all these boxes right now, not to worry. You have time but it is important to assess their verbal and fine motor skills to make sure they’re on track for next year. There are also things you can do at home to help.

If you need extra help, both occupational and speech therapy can help with many of these things.

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