The following list contains many skills and behaviors that children who are ready for kindergarten are able to do. Even most children who ARE ready for kindergarten do not do all of these all the time. We hope you find it a helpful way to think about the categories of behaviors that lead to success in kindergarten. As you know, young children mature at all different rates and the child you see today may mature into a full-fledged kindergartener by the time the school year begins. Ready to find a kindergarten? Visit our school database to learn more about your options.

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  • Social Behaviors and Classroom Conduct
    • Understands their role as part of group
    • Respects others and their property
    • Interacts and defends self without aggression
    • Plays cooperatively, shares toys and materials
    • Expresses emotions and affection appropriately
    • Takes turns, participates appropriately in games
    • Is willing to try something new
    • Follows class rules and routines
    • Lines up and waits appropriately
    • Sits appropriately
    • Plays independently
  • Task-related Behaviors
    • Finds materials needed for tasks
    • Does not disrupt peers during activities
    • Complies quickly with teacher instructions
    • Generalizes skills across tasks and situations
    • Follows directions in small or large group
    • Replaces materials and cleans up work space
    • Monitors own behavior, knows when task is done
    • Begins and completes work at appropriate time without extra teacher attention
    • Makes choices
    • Stays in own space
    • Follows routine in transition
    • Uses a variety of materials
    • Seeks attention appropriately
    • Pays attention to teacher in a large group
  • Communication Behaviors
    • Follows two to three part directions
    • Initiates and maintains peer interactions
    • Modifies behavior when given verbal feedback
    • Asks peers or teachers for information or help
    • Recalls and follows directions for tasks previously described
    • Follows group instructions
    • Relates ideas and experiences
    • Answers questions
    • Communicates own needs and wants
  • Self-help Behaviors
    • Recognizes when a problem exists
    • Locates and cares for personal belongings
    • Avoids dangers and responds to warning words
    • Takes outer clothing off and puts it on in a reasonable amount of time
    • Tries strategies to solve problems
    • Feeds self independently
    • Cares for own toileting needs
  • Academic Skills
    • Writes their own first name
    • Counts to 20
    • Recognizes all letters of the alphabet
    • Recognizes basic colors
    • Recognizes basic shapes
    • Can say whether or not two words rhyme