Most school systems will be sending out third quarter report cards very soon or perhaps your school has already sent them home. When I send home my 3rd quarter report cards in a few weeks I am also going to attach a letter reminding parents of all curriculum benchmarks that their child should master by the end of Kindergarten. Starting today and for the next week I am going to give you a checklist that you can use at home to evaluate if your child is really ready for first grade. Please take some time to review the skills listed and ask yourself this question, “Is MY child able to successfully achieve ALL of these skills consistently and independently without adult help?” If your child is experiencing difficulty mastering these kindergarten skills, it may indicate a struggle next year in first grade.
ORAL LANGUAGE: by third quarter should have mastered or be close to mastering the following skills.
- Uses detailed sentences
- Retells stories with a few prompts and questions
- Shares personal stories with some details
- Correctly responds to questions that begin with How, Why and When
- Hears and identifies sounds in words
- Recognizes and creates rhyming words
- Identifies words that begin with the same sounds
- Identifies words that begin with different sounds
(Tomorrow’s blog: Reading Readiness skills that should be mastered by the end of Kindergarten)