Academic readiness

Checklist: Skills Your Child Needs for Kindergarten

By Amanda Morin

Is your child is ready for kindergarten? Here’s a checklist to help you figure out if your child has the physical, academic and social skills she needs to start kindergarten.

Language Skills
Fine Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills
Math Skills
Reading Readiness Skills
Self-Help Skills
Social and Emotional Skills

If after going through this checklist you’re concerned your child isn’t ready for kindergarten, you might want to speak with her doctor. You might also consider what it would mean to delay kindergarten for your child. If your child is headed for kindergarten, explore these steps for a smooth transition.

About the Author

Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

Reviewed by

Portrait of Kristen Hodnett

Kristen L. Hodnett, M.S.Ed., is a clinical professor in the department of special education at Hunter College in New York City.

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