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Kindergarten Milestones

This checklist will help determine how well your child progresses in acquiring kindergarten skills.

by Focus on Your Child

Checklist of Kindergarten Milestones

In kindergarten, your child will learn many of the basic skills needed to read, write, and do math. He'll also learn to get along with others and to follow rules.

The German word kindergarten means "a child's garden,”"and this first year of formal school will be filled with opportunities to plant seeds of learning for your child.

What kindergarten teachers hope to see on the first day of school are children who are healthy, mature, capable, and eager to learn. In reality, however, they welcome all children into their classrooms regardless of what they can or cannot do. Their mission is to help all students grow in physical, social, behavioral, and language skills so they are prepared for the challenges of first grade.

There's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for kindergarten. But you can use this checklist to see how well your child progresses in acquiring these skills throughout the year.

Don't worry if your child seems to have only a handful of these skills the first time you read the lists. Check the skills he has mastered, then review the lists every month to see what additional skills he can accomplish easily. Young children learn so fast! He may struggle with a skill this month but have it mastered the next. You will be amazed to see how many items you can check by the end of the year!

Physical Development and Motor Skills

By the end of the kindergarten year, does your child:

Social and Behavioral Skills

By the end of the kindergarten year, does your child:

Language Skills

By the end of the kindergarten year, does your child: