With back-to-school season right around the corner, some parents of 5-year-olds wonder whether their child is ready to enter kindergarten. The decision is best made based upon a child’s developmental readiness.
Lewis First, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine , offers his kindergarten readiness checklist.
- Know their name, address and phone number
- Able to ask a question
- Able to tell a story
- Able to express a need
- Can follow a three-step set of directions
- Should be able to stand on one foot for 5 to 7 seconds
- Able to use scissors to cut a line on a piece of paper
- Can work zippers and buttons
- Able to hold a pencil
- Should know simple comparisons, such as bigger or smaller
- Can recognize rhyming words like hat and cat
- Less important to know letters, numbers and colors
- Comfortable in a group
- Plays well with others
- Able to stay on task for at least 10 minutes
- Able to dress themselves
- Able to go to the bathroom unassisted
If you have concerns about your child’s development, contact your pediatrician.