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TK Readiness

What academic skills should my child have before Transitional Kindergarten? In order to show TK readiness, your child should be able to:

  • recognize and name basic shapes: square, circle, triangle, and rectangle
  • recognize and name numbers 0-5, even when they are out of order
  • count to 10
  • count 10 objects, pointing to each one as they count
  • say or sing the alphabet
  • recognize many of the capital letters of the alphabet
  • identify colors in an 8-ct crayon pack
  • recognize & know the letters in order of their first name
  • write their first name (it doesn’t have to look perfect!)
  • sort items by size, color, or shape
  • hold a book and turn pages
  • identify some letter sound

What other things (non-academic) does my child need to know how to do before Transitional Kindergarten? Your child should be able to:

  • put on his/her coat and zip it up
  • put on his/her shoes independently
  • take turns and share
  • sit quietly and listen
  • follow simple directions
  • use the bathroom by him/herself (including zipping and buttoning pants, and privacy rules!)
  • put on his/her backpack
  • hold a pencil or crayon with tripod grip
  • cut with scissors
  • put things away
  • wash his/her hands with soap
  • use a tissue to wipe his/her nose
  • cough into his/her elbow
  • stand in line
  • raise his/her hand and wait to be called on
  • open any food containers in his/her lunch or be able to ask for help

Some extra things parents can do to get their child ready for TK:

Teach kindness & respect (for rules, property, and people).

  • Do activities at home where your child has to listen without interrupting, take turns, focus on the same activity for 15 minutes, use manners, etc.
  • Read, read, read and read some more!
  • Give your child opportunities to play with other children.
  • Give your child some responsibilities and teach him/her to follow through.
  • Teach nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Give your child chances to be away from home and family so he/she feels comfortable and confident when he/she comes to school.
  • Give your child opportunities to be independent!