1. Being able to identify letters of the alphabet
A child should be able to identify letters of the alphabet by sight. They do not need to be able to read yet but should be able to identify the letter's name and some basic features of the letter.
2. Recognizing numbers and being able to count to 20
A child should be able to recognize numbers 1-20 and know the sequence of those numbers. They do not need to be able to add or subtract yet but should be able to count.
3. Knowing the months of the year and days of the week
A child should know which month they are in and what day of the week it is.
4. Being able to recite basic colors
A child should know the basic colors and be able to recite them in order.
5. Having a basic understanding of shapes
A child should know some basic shapes and their names.
6. Being potty trained
All children are different and will potty train at different times, but most kindergarteners are potty trained by that time.
7. Being able to dress and undress themselves
Most kindergartners are able to dress and undress with minimal assistance.
8. Being able to feed themselves with utensils
Most kindergartners are able to feed themselves without assistance, using utensils such as a spoon or fork.
9. Demonstrating social skills such as taking turns, sharing, and being polite
Kindergarten is a time when children learn how to interact with their peers in a socially acceptable way. Most kindergarteners have acquired these skills by that time.
10. Showing an interest in learning
Kindergarteners are curious by nature and usually show an interest in learning new things