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
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
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.