This is a short checklist that helps you keep track of skills that children have mastered as they move through the pre-kindergarten year. You can use one checklist for each child, and check off skills in the fall, winter and late spring. Some children will not possess all of the skills included here, but that will not prevent them from entering school. This is simply a list of skills that will give you, as an early education professional, a place to begin in preparing children for entering kindergarten.

 

Child's Name:   Date of Birth:  

 Expressive and Receptive Language

  Fall Winter Spring
Speaks in complete sentences most of the time
 
 
 

Understands and follows directions with at least two steps
 
 
 

Understands vocabulary related to position, direction, size and comparison:      
like/different
 
 
 
top/bottom
 
 
 
first/last
 
 
 
big/little
 
 
 
up/down
 
 
 

Makes simple predictions and comments about a story being read
 
 
 

Approach to Learning and Cognition

  Fall Winter Spring
Matches two like pictures in a set of five pictures
 
 
 

Classifies (same/different, alike/not alike) objects by physical features:
 
 
 
Shape
 
 
 
Color
 
 
 
Size
 
 
 

Organizes objects that go together in groups
 
 
 

Recognizes, copies or repeats patterning sequence
 
 
 

Demonstrates the ability to correctly put in order or sequence up to three story pictures
 
 
 

Participates in repeating a familiar song, poem, finger play and/or nursery rhyme      

Retells a simple story after listening to a story with pictures
 
 
 

Does simple puzzles (up to four 4 pieces)
 
 
 

Identifies or points to five (5) colors
 
 
 

 Phonological Awareness and Print Knowledge

  Fall Winter Spring
Recognizes own name in print
 
 
 

Points to and/or recognizes letters in own name
 
 
 

Attempts to write letters in own name
 
 
 

Recognizes familiar signs, words and logos in the child's environment
 
 
 

Demonstrates book awareness:      
Cover and back of book
 
 
 
Left to right order
 
 
 
Words are read top to bottom
 
 
 

Book handling:      
holding book right side up
 
 
 
beginning/ending
 
 
 

Identifies two words that rhyme/sound the same when given rhyming picture words
 
 
 

Recognizes ten alphabet letter names (may include those in own name) by pointing to requested letter
 
 
 

Matches three letters with the sounds they make
 
 
 

Uses symbols or drawings to express ideas.
 
 
 

 Mathematics

  Fall Winter Spring
Counts number of objects in small group (up to five objects)
 
 
 
 
Matches a numeral (0-5) to a group with that number of objects
 
 
 

Demonstrates an understanding of "adding to" and "taking away" using objects up to five
 
 
 

Arranges numerals in order 1-5
 
 
 

Identifies/points to three shapes      
Circle
 
 
 
Square
 
 
 
Triangle
 
 
 

Counts in sequence 1-10
 
 
 

Understands concepts of more and less up to five objects
 
 
 

Social/Emotional

  Fall Winter Spring
Identifies self as a boy or girl
 
 
 

Knows first and last name
 
 
 

Knows parent's first and last name
 
 
 

Identifies age
 
 
 

Makes needs known
 
 
 

Interacts with other children
 
 
 

Demonstrates independence in personal care (washing hands, dressing, bathroom use)
 
 
 

Separates from parents by appearing comfortable and secure without parent
 
 
 

 


Physical Development

  Fall Winter Spring

Uses writing and drawing tools and child-sized scissors with control and intention

 

 

 

 

Copies figures such as:

     
(straight line)
 
 
 
O (circle)
 
 
 
Square
 
 
 
+
 
 
 

Demonstrates gross motor skills:

     
Hops
 
 
 
Jumps
 
 
 
Runs
 
 
 
Catches and bounces ball
 
 
 

 

These Kindergarten Readiness Indicators have been adapted by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc, with permission from the Arkansas Department of Human Resources, Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education.