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Early Childhood - Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

Tips From First 5 CaliforniaTop of Page

Each and every day there are lots of fun and simple things you can do with your child to help his or her development and ensure a better start in life. Children learn while watching you and by playing, so make these activities a time of fun and bonding between the two of you. Here are some examples:
  • Read, Sing and Talk: By talking to children in full sentences from the moment they are born, you help them build a basis for language and dialogue. This stimulates their minds and helps them develop verbal skills.
  • Walks: Take a walk with your child and count how many houses you have passed. You can also encourage a conversation by asking him or her what color things are in your surrounding environment. Point out signs and ask about the letters you see.
  • Helping with Chores: When your child is old enough, he or she can begin helping you around the house. This will make him or her feel important and useful, and will help him or her develop confidence, as well as valuable math and verbal skills. For example:
    • Sorting Laundry: Your child can help you sort laundry by colors. Have him or her say the color out loud and help him or her differentiate between dark and light.
    • Cooking: Have your child help with cooking by getting ingredients for you. You can ask him or her to give you a certain amount of something like potatoes. This will not only help encourage his or her verbal skills, but will help develop his or her math skills too.

More TipsTop of Page

  1. Read out loud to your child every day.
  2. Use board books for babies and young children.
  3. Tell stories.
  4. Take your child to reading programs.
  5. Let your child draw and write.
  6. Visit the library.
  7. Limit TV watching and when you watch, choose educational programs and watch together.
  8. Read yourself and make it a family activity.

Some Quick FactsTop of Page

  • Ninety percent of brain development occurs before age 5.
  • Studies show that a child who is rarely spoken to or read to in the early years may have difficulty mastering language skills later in life.
  • Only 53 percent of children ages 3 to 5 are read to daily.
  • A child who is rarely played with may have difficulty with social adjustment as he or she grows.
  • A child who is held and nurtured in a time of stress is less likely to respond with violence later.
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To be ready for kindergarten, preschoolers need a variety of skills. While few students possess all of them before they enter, here's a list of skills that will help make the transition easier, divided by subject area:

Reading Readiness
  • Remembers pictures from a printed page
  • Repeats a 6 to 8 word sentence
  • Pretends to read (has been read to often)
  • Identifies own first name in writing
  • Attempts to print own first name
  • Answers questions about a short story
  • Looks at pictures and tells a story
  • Understands words are read left to right
  • Familiar with the letters of the alphabet
  • Knows some nursery rhymes
  • Knows the meaning of simple words

  • Understands day and night
  • Knows age and birthday
Recognizes Colors  Shapes
  • Recognizes primary colors
  • Recognizes triangles, circles, squares rectangle

  • Counts to 10
Listening  Sequencing
  • Follows simple directions
  • Pays attention
  • Recognizes common sounds
  • Retells a simple story in sequence
  • Repeats a sequence of sounds
  • Repeats a sequence of numbers heard
Size, Position  Direction
  • Big and little
  • Long and short
  • Up and down
  • In and out
  • Front and back
  • Over and under
  • Hot and cold
  • Empty and full
  • More and less
  • Fast and slow
  • Top and bottom
Motor Skills
  • Run
  • Walk a straight line
  • Jump
  • Hop
  • Alternate feet walking downstairs
  • March
  • Stand on one foot 10 seconds
  • Walk backwards for 5 feet
  • Throw a ball
  • Paste pictures on paper
  • Clap hands
  • Button clothes
  • Build with blocks
  • Complete simple 5 piece puzzle or less
  • Draw or color beyond a simple scribble
  • Zip clothes
  • Control pencil and crayon well
  • Handle scissors
  • Cut and draw simple shapes
  • Expresses self verbally
  • Looks forward to going to school
  • Recognizes authority
  • Shares with others
  • Helps with family chores
  • Works independently
  • Identifies other children by name
  • Can take care of toilet needs independently
  • Cares for own belongings
  • Dresses self
  • Brushes teeth
  • Can be away from parents for 2 to 3 hours
  • Joins in family conversation
  • Carries a plate of food
  • Maintains self-control
  • Gets along well with others
  • Talks easily
  • Meets visitors without shyness
  • Puts toys away
My Child Knows…
  • Body Parts
  • Own first name
  • Own last name
  • Parents' names
  • Home address
  • Home phone number
  • When to use a handkerchief
  • Own sex