Is Your Little One Ready For Kindergarten?

It’s summer time, and for many moms that is the time to think about sending your little one of to school for the first time. It doesn’t matter if you are home schooling or public schooling, every mother has a right of passage starting her child in Kindergarten. It can be a stressful time, especially for your first. “Are they really ready?” is a question every mother asks her self. How can you really know for sure?

I found a list of some of the skills necessary for Kindergarten.


  • Listen to stories without interrupting
  • Recognize rhyming sounds
  • Pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Understand actions have both causes and effects
  • Show understanding of general times of day
  • Cut with scissors
  • Trace basic shapes
  • Begin to share with others
  • Start to follow rules
  • Be able to recognize authority
  • Manage bathroom needs
  • Button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers
  • Begin to control oneself
  • Separate from parents without being upset
  • Speak understandably
  • Talk in complete sentences of five to six words
  • Look at pictures and then tell stories
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Identify the beginning sound of some words
  • Identify some alphabet letters
  • Recognize some common sight words like “stop”
  • Sort similar objects by colour, size, and shape
  • Recognize groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects
  • Count to ten
  • Bounce a ball

I realize that this is an extensive list, and not every child will meet all of these by the time September hits, but it sure is nice to have an idea what is expected of kids at this age. It can also give you time to prep these skills before the big day!


  1. This is a great list. It is very important that children meet most of these before entering kindergarten. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  2. thank you so much I watch my 2 young grandsons and this list is a great one to keep

  3. My son is autistic and has in pre-school now and he can actually do most of these already and beyond. This is helpful, thanks for posting.

  4. I’m planning on homeschooling for Kindergarten and this is a great list to have. Thanks for posting.

  5. This is handy information. I have twins that I’ve really been unsure about readiness.

  6. thanks for the info this does come inhandy for me and also my sisters children i will pass this on to her denise smith

  7. Thanks so much! I love your blog and all of your great advice 🙂

  8. Perfect! I’m still not sure if we will homeschool or send our son to private school, but this list is really helpful to see where he’s at now at 3 and where he should be.

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