is my child ready to pre-school?

COMMON SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS READY INCLUDE:

recognizes other people's emotions

takes turns + is able to share toys

listens to simple instructions

sits still during story time

plays independently

can separate from caregiver for a few hours

enjoys doing things independently sometimes, such as getting dressed

needed motor skills 

3 - 4 YEARS 

WALK UP + DOWN STAIRS ALTERNATING FEET

CATCH A LARGE BALL WITH HANDS ONLY FROM 5 FEET AWAY

COPY A HORIZONTAL LINE + A CIRCLE

CUTS WITH CHILD-SAFE SCISSORS

DRESSES SELF WITH HELP WITH FASTENERS

PUT ON + TAKE OFF A COAT

PUT SHOES ON CORRECT FEET

FASTEN LARGE BUTTONS

BRUSH OWN TEETH

DRAW A PERSON WITH THREE DIFFERENT BODY PARTS

CUT A PIECE OF PAPER IN HALF WITH SCISSORS

USE RESTROOM INDEPENDENTLY

4 - 4.5 YEARS 

RIDE A TWO-WHEELED BIKE WITH TRAINING WHEELS

CATCH A SMALL BALL WITH HANDS ONLY FROM 5 FEET AWAY

PUMP SELF ON SWING

PUT SOCKS ON CORRECTLY

TRACE SIMPLE SHAPES (CIRCLE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, RECTANGLE)

DRAW SIMPLE SHAPES (CIRCLE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, RECTANGLE)

CUT OUT SIMPLE SHAPES (CIRCLE, SQUARE, TRIANGLE, RECTANGLE)

CUT ON A LINE

HOLD SCISSORS CORRECTLY

ZIP MOST ZIPPERS

5 YEARS 

STAND ON ONE FOOT FOR 10 SECONDS

PERFORM 10 JUMPING JACKS WITH COORDINATION

RIDE A TWO-WHEELED BIKE WITHOUT TRAINING WHEELS

PRINT FIRST NAME

DRAW A PERSON WITH SIX OR MORE DIFFERENT BODY PARTS

CUT WELL WITH SCISSORS

USE PINCER GRASP WITH PENCILS

SHOW HAND PREFERENCE

is my child ready for kindergarten?

COMMON SIGNS YOUR CHILD IS READY INCLUDE:

demonstrates a curiosity or interest in learning new things

able to explore new things through senses

takes turns + cooperates with peers

able to attend speaking with + listening to adults + peers

follows 2 - 3 step instructions

communicates how they're feeling

empathizes with other children

controls most impulses

pays attention to their environment

transitions between activities without difficulty

demonstrates independence in personal care