No two kids are alike. But it helps to have a basic idea of the skills your child should have in school. Use this checklist to get an idea of what you can expect your child to do by the end of kindergarten:

    Follow class rules

    Separate from a parent or caregiver easily

    Be able to take turns

    Cut along a line with scissors

    Know if she’s left- or right-handed

    Understand time like yesterday, today, and tomorrow

    Stand quietly in a line

    Follow directions nicely and easily

    Pay attention for 15 to 20 minutes

    Hold a crayon and pencil correctly

    Share materials such as crayons and blocks

    Know the eight basic colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange,  black, white, and pink

    Recognize and write the letters of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase forms

    Know the relationship between letters and the sounds they make<

    Recognize sight words such as “the” and read simple sentences

    Spell his first and last name

    Write consonant-vowel-consonant words such as “bat” and “fan”

    Retell a story that has been read aloud

    Read numbers up to 20

    Count by ones, fives, and tens to 100

    Know basic shapes such as a square, triangle, rectangle, and circle

    Know her address and phone number

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