Non Academic Skills Useful for Transition into Kindergarten

Non Academic Skills Useful for Transition into Kindergarten

There is more to being ready to enter kindergarten than knowing your letters and numbers.  If you are a parent of a preschooler, you have a little time before kindergarten, but if you are a Kindergarten parent, please take some time during the next month to honestly assess your child in the following skill areas:

Playing and Working Independently and Collaboratively

  1. Plays and works appropriately with and without peers
  2. Completes activities approximately on time
  3. Stays with an activity for an appropriate amount of time
  4. Plays and works with few individual prompts form the teacher

Interacting with Peers

  1. Imitates peers’ actions when learning new routines
  2. Initiates and maintains contact with peers
  3. Responds to peers’ initiations
  4. Learns and uses names of peers
  5. Shares objects and takes turns with peers
  6. Plans activities with peers

Following Directions

  1. Responds to adults’ questions
  2. Responds appropriately to multi-step verbal directions
  3. Responds appropriately to verbal directions that include common school-related prepositions, nouns, and verbs
  4. Complies with groups as well as individual instructions
  5. Modifies behavior as needed when given verbal feedback
  6. Recalls and follows directions for tasks previously discussed or demonstrated
  7. Watches others or seeks help if he or she doesn’t understand directions

Kindergarten Teachers will be expecting your child to come to school prepared in the above non academic skills, so please help your child practice them every chance you have.



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