Get Ready For Kindergarten
Getting ready to start school is a big step on your child's learning journey. It's a time filled with excitement, and maybe a little nervousness, for both parents and kids. Here at National Heritage Academies, we know how important this transition is, and we're here to help you get ready. On this page we've included useful tips, resources, and information to make sure your child has a great start to Kindergarten.
“Kindergarten readiness” is a term educators use to describe the skills a child should have to help them smoothly transition into their school career. If you're wondering if your child is ready for Kindergarten, we've put together a list of things your child should know before heading off to school. Your child has probably learned many of these things through simple development.
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
- Follows rules and takes turns when playing with other children
- Keeps a conversation going with more than three back-and-forth exchanges
- Recognizes their name in print and can write some letters in their name
- Names some letters when you point to them
- Can recognize simple rhyming words
- Completes basic hygiene independently
- Uses a pair of scissors to cut
- Can count from 1-10
- Can point to and count five objects, counting each object once
- Can see a small collection of items, three or less, and recognize the amount without counting
- Recognizes and names simple shapes: circle, square, triangle, star
- Can sort objects into categories based on color, shape, and/or size
When Can My Child Start School?
If you're wondering when your child can start school, you're not alone! Every state has its own minimum age requirements, and they vary.Kindergarten Calculator
NHA operates schools with Kindergarten programs across nine states. Use our kindergarten calculator to help determine when your child can start at an NHA school.