Kindergarten Readiness

Getting your child ready for Kindergarten:

It is time to make sure your child will be ready to start our tough kindergarten program this summer. Please print and read the information below to learn what your child needs to know and how you can help before your child starts school. Our staff believes you wish to best prepare your child for success at school. Therefore, our kindergarten staff team recommends:

Having your child identify uppercase and lower case letters separately
Sample: Write letter out like: D m a K t S b d
Then have your child tell you each letter as you point to it. You can even
have him or her tell you if it is a big or little letter.}

Having your child identify uppercase and lower case letters sounds separately
Sample: Write letter out like: B N R L i h I c
Then have your child tell you each letter as you point to it. You can even
have him or her tell you if it is a big or little letter.}

Having your child identify rhyming words
Sample: You say to your child, "What rhymes with cat? stop, mat, dog"
"What rhymes with corn? can, cane, horn

Read to your child often - Short periods of 2-5 minutes are great.
Ideas: * Read your child's favorite book to them over and over again.
* Read many stories with rhyming words and lines that repeat.
Invite your child to join in on these parts.
* Point, word by word, as he or she reads along with you.
* Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.

Key Terms for Parents:
* Phonemic Awareness - recognizing and using the individual sounds to create words. Children need to be taught to
hear sounds in words and that words are made up of the smallest parts of sound, or phonemes.
Sample: "c" - "a" - "t" = "cat"
* Phonics - understanding the relationships between written letters and spoken sounds. Children need to be taught
the sounds of individual letters and groups of letters make. Knowing the relationships between the letters and sounds
helps children to recognize familiar words accurately and automatically, and "decode" new words.

Talk with your child
- Studies show the more language a child hears the larger their vocabulary and the better prepared for school and reading.

Label your house
- Teach your child what the labels say. This helps teach your child that letters make up words. This is helpful even if the child can't really read the word.

Count objects with your child to ten.
Write down the numbers (1 to 10) and ask him or her what number it is 8 or 5 or 4 or any number you like. Have your child count objects and then point to the number that means the same as the number they counted. This is excellent.

Show your child letters (not in alphabetical order) and ask him or her what letter it is.
You may wish to use your child's first name for this. Ask your child to make a word or to copy a word you have written and told them. Magnetic letters are great for this as is writing letters and words in Jell-O mix. Kids can lick their fingers as they learn.

Visit the Corona Public Library... The library has some wonderful programs for young children including Story Time on Wednesdays and it's all free!

The main thing is to just talk, read to, and work with the numbers 1 to 10 and the letters of the alphabet.

Also, work with your child on understanding the need to follow directions when given. New kindergarten students
often arrive and are unable to follow simple directions or need directions repeated several times. We encourage you
to start now in helping your child make a smooth adjustment to school. Examples of directions include:

"Please sit down in your chair." "Please take your toy to your room."

The key is that your child does this when asked without having to be reminded repeatedly. In a classroom of 20 five
year olds, having students that are able to follow directions helps things run smoothly and provides more time for
learning.

Enjoy your time together and we look forward to seeing your child next year in kindergarten.

The following guideline is provided courtesy of Childfun.com and is intended to help parents prepare and best
determine their child's readiness for kindergarten.

IS YOUR CHILD READY FOR KINDERGARTEN?

Children grow and mature at different rates. Not all children are ready for school at the same time. This is a checklist
of developmental skill levels based upon evidence of school readiness in
children. It has been prepared with the hope that parents will evaluate in a general way their child's overall pattern of
development and readiness.

READINESS CHECKLIST

1. Will your child be 5 years when he/she enters kindergarten?
2. Is your child at or better than the following norms or averages in weights and heights?
BOYS : Weight 40lbs. Height 43"
GIRLS: Weight 37lbs. Height 42"
3. Can others easily understand your child when he/she speaks to them?
4. Does your child pay attention to a short story when it is read and answer simple questions about it?
5. Is your child able to draw and color a picture, beyond a scribble?

6. Is your child able to zip or button up his sweater or jacket?
7. Can your child tie a knot?
8. Is your child able to walk backwards for 5 or 6 feet?
9. Is your child able to stand on one foot for 5 or 10 seconds?
10. Is your child able to walk in a straight line?

11. Is your child able to fasten buttons he/she can see?
12. Is your child able to tell the left hand from the right?
13. Is your child able to take care of his/her toilet needs?
14. Is your child able to travel alone to and from school or to a friend's house, about 2 blocks away?
15. Is your child able to be away from his/her parents for about two or three hours without being upset?

16. Is your child able to cross a street safely?
17. Is your child able to repeat a series of 4 numbers without practice, such as "Say after me 7-2-6-3?
18. Can your child tell you the meaning of simple words like bicycle or tricycle, apple, gun, shoes, hammer, water, shirt
and horse?
19. Is your child able to repeat 8 and 10 word sentences if you say them once-- "The girl ran all the way to the store
for her mother?"
20. Is your child able to follow about 2 or 3 directions after being told once, such as "Bring me a book; skip around
the room; shut the door?"

21. Is your child able to give the last word to all of the following:
A fire is hot; ice is ____
A jet goes fast; but a turtle goes _____
Daddy is a man; Mother is a ______
22. Is your child able to count 4 objects?
23. Is your child able to put together a simple puzzle?
24. Can your child tell what is missing if you draw a stick picture of a man and leave out eyes, or a leg, or an arm?
25. Is your child able to draw or copy a square?

26. Can your child name a triangle, a square and a circle when he/she sees it?
27. Can your child name about 3 or 4 colors to which you point?
28. Can your child tell you what his/her eyes, ears and mouth are used for?
29. Is your child able to tell you in what way a sweater, shoe and hat are the same?
30. Does your child take an interest in the books and magazines that are around the house?
31. Have you attempted to create in your child the idea of looking forward to school experiences rather than fear of
school?

Please keep in mind these are simply guidelines. If you have any concerns about your child's well being or readiness for school, contact your school, your pediatrician or other qualified professional.

Last Modified on January 21, 2010