Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
Is your child ready for school?
By: Katie Warren, Quarry Lane Preschool Director – Pleasanton West Campus
Starting kindergarten is a big milestone in a child’s life and marks the beginning of a child’s lifelong journey in education. One question that is often heard from parents inquiring about or interested in Quarry Lane’s kindergarten program is “How can I best prepare my child for kindergarten?"
The first and most important step would be to enroll your child in a high quality preschool program. A high quality preschool program will provide your child with the social, emotional and academic skills to build a solid foundation for academic success. In addition, research suggests that high quality early education can have a strong impact on a child’s academic success well beyond kindergarten.
While the skills required for kindergarten are constantly shifting and becoming increasingly higher, these are some of the skills we teach our children in our pre-kindergarten program to prepare them for success in kindergarten.
Reading Readiness and Writing:
- Identifying upper and lowercase letters
- Sound Identification A-Z
- Writes first name using correct upper and lowercase
- Writes upper and lowercase letters (using proper top to bottom left to right technique)
- Orally states a rhyming word for one given
- Knows where to begin when reading and writing
- Recalls beginning, middle, end of stories
- Counts orally and recognizes numbers up to 30
- Counts objects in a set up to 10
- Orally identifies a group of objects (5 or less)
- Sorts objects by different attributes (color, shape, size)
- Can copy and extend a pattern
- Can identify plane shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)
Social / Emotional / Language Development:
- Expresses emotions verbally
- Resolves conflicts verbally
- Takes responsibility for actions
- Participates in classroom activities
- Able to initiate/join play with others and has developed friendships
- Stands up for own rights
- Completes tasks in a timely manner
- Listens attentively
- Speaks clearly
- Uses complete sentences
- Able to engage in conversations
Fine and Large Motor Skill Development:
- Correctly grips and uses a pencil and scissors
- Can do a 10 or more piece puzzle
- Aware of own body and others personal space
- Runs, jumps, hops
- Walks with balance on a straight line or balance beam
- Able to participate in games with simple rules
Your child does not need to master all of these developmental skills before kindergarten; however, he or she should be working towards them. Your best resource to find out whether or not your child is ready for kindergarten is their preschool teacher. If you and/or your child’s teacher feel that your child is not ready for kindergarten, it is okay to give them one more year to prepare. Some of our families choose to do an additional year of pre-kindergarten or go to Quarry Lane’s junior kindergarten. These are terrific alternatives if your child needs one more year of development to set the stage for success in kindergarten.
The Quarry Lane School offers a full day advanced kindergarten program providing children with a balance of activities from core curriculum to specialty classes including art, computer lab, library, music, PE and Spanish. In addition, we also offer pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten programs at our campuses. Please contact us for any questions about our programs and curriculums.
The Quarry Lane School
6363 Tassajara Rd., Dublin, CA 94568