Kindergarten Readiness Guide


Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

We know this is an incredibly exciting time in the life of your family.  As a parent, you made a great choice in enrolling your child in a high-quality preschool program.  Below are a set of skills that your child’s preschool teacher helped them build.  You can help your child practice these skills at home to make sure they are ready to excel in Kindergarten and beyond.

Reading Skills

  • Does your child know their A-B-C’s?
  • Can your child identify letters?
  • Can your child find the front of a book?
  • Can your child find the back of a book?

Math Skills

  • Can your child count to 20?
  • Can your child identify numbers 0 – 10?
  • Can your child identify basic colors?
  • Can your child identify basic shapes? (square, circle, triangle, rectangle)

Fine Motor Skills

  • Does your child know how to hold a pencil?
  • Does your child know how to use scissors?



Other Ways You Can Help Your Child Succeed

Talk with your child often.

Talking with your child about what you see helps them learn about words,
language, and the world.

Encourage coloring.

Even scribbling can help your child
develop pre-writing skills.  Encourage your child to write letters and their name.

Work on making friends.

Learning to share and say “please” and “thank you” and to solve problems without hitting are important social skills.

Use routines.

Creating routines for waking up, meals, and bedtime will help prepare your child for a structured school day.


Looking for a great Kindergarten for your child?  Some of Cleveland’s best schools still have a limited number of openings for next year.  Click here to start the process