All You Need to Know About Kindergarten

While each child develops at his or her own pace, your involvement in early learning can help with physical, social, emotional and cognitive development that will promote school readiness. Here are some skills and knowledge you can nurture from birth — and some guidelines to prepare your child to succeed in kindergarten. Ideally, a child entering kindergarten:

  • Talks in sentences, describes things, expresses ideas, asks questions, tells stories and plays pretend in ways others understand.
  • Listens to books and other out loud reading and follows directions and rules.
  • Arranges items according to size, color or shape. Can compare bigger vs. smaller and puts puzzles together.
  • Plays outdoors, jumps, climbs, runs and knows how to kick, bounce or catch a ball.
  • Knows colors, body parts, and how to count to ten, and can recite the alphabet.
  • Writes some letters, his or her name or other words. Draws and uses crayons, pencils or pens.
  • Reads and recognizes his or her own
    name in print, looks at books and pictures independently, “reads” the pictures in books and can make up a story about them.
  • Tries new things, finishes tasks, works to problem-solve and asks for help when necessary.

Our Activities Calendar First5LA.org/ActivityCalendars can help you build these skills in easy, bite-size steps.

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