Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

— Get Ready to Read (National Center for Learning Disabilities)
Updated on Apr 30, 2014

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:      

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:

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

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