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Oct 24 2007

What a Kindergartener Must Know to Graduate

Most schools will test a Kindergartener within the first month. Listed below are:

 5 Things a Kindergartener Need to Know during that period…

  1. The upper case alphabet out of sequence or mixed up: B, D, X, K, J, M, O, etc.
  2. The numbers to 10, out of sequence or mixed up:  2, 5, 9, 8, 1, 3, 4, etc.
  3. Identify basic colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple.
  4. Identify basic shapes: circle, diamond, rectangle, triangle, oval and square.
  5. Identify basic coins: penny, nickel and dime.

As an early childhood education author, I highly recommend parents help prepare their son/daughter for their first parent/teacher conference for Kindergarten.  Your child should understand that at certain points of the school year, you will meet with his/her teacher to discuss how they can help him/her have a fun and successful school year. There’s nothing to worry about, as this is an opportunity to get to know his/her teacher better too.

As the year progresses, a Kindergartener will need to know the following things:

  • Both upper and lower case letters.
  • Numbers up to 30, out of sequence.
  • More colors and shapes will be added including hexagon and octagon
  • More coins will be added such as quarter and dollar.
  • Name, address and phone number.
  • To be able to get dressed for outside play.
  • How to use the bathroom independently.

Knowing these basic benchmarks and preparing your child will help you both have a successful first formal year of school – in Kindergarten.

Copyright 2007, Stacey Kannenberg, Cedar Valley Publishing, Author of Let’s Get Ready For Kindergarten! and Let’s Get Ready For First Grade!

How’d you help your Kindergartener prepare?  What do you think of the advancement of Kindergarten these days?  Do you recall learning all of this before First Grade? 

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