By GreatSchools Staff
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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