Kindergarten Prep Checklist

One of the toughest decision as a parent is deciding whether a child is ready for kindergarten. Today, kindergarten is more demanding academically so parents have a lot more to consider in their decisions.

Here’s my take as a mom on which factors make a child ready for kindergarten. A child doesn’t need to master everything on this list but this list should be a realistic guide for the big decision on kindergarten readiness.


1. Knowledge of all letters and their sounds

2. Ability to count to 30 and recognize those numbers out of sequence

3. Familiarity with the words for numbers 1 to 10 and colors (white, black, grey, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple) to follow directions

4. Ability to write first name and most letters and numbers 1-10.

5. Ability to recognize colors (white, black, grey, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple) and shapes (circle, oval, square, rectangle, triangle and diamond)

6. Understanding of patterns

7. Ability to sequence events

8. Ability to properly use scissors.

9. Ability to count objects

10. Understanding of more and less and object sizes

11. Understanding of sorting objects by size and other features

12. Knowledge of position words (above, below, beside, near, left, right, under, etc.)  and ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) to properly follow directions


1. Ability to work in group settings

2. Ability to share

3. Ability to understand personal space


1. Ability to be away from home for the half day or full day

2. Ability to work mostly independent on worksheets and other individual activities

3.  Ability to sit for an extended time

4. Ability to zip coat, snap or button pants, use bathroom, wash hands and tie shoes independently

5. Ability to take responsibility for personal items

6. Ability to handle half day or full day of activities without a nap

7. Ability to follow multi-step directions with little prompting

8. Enthusiasm for academic learning


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