Top 15 Skills from Preschool and
Kindergarten Teachers
Children develop at different rates and have different experiences before kindergarten. Here is a list of useful skills that will allow your child to be more successful in Kindergarten.
  1. Dresses self with shoes and clothes (buttons and zips).
  2. Can name the following colors: red, orange, green, yellow, purple, blue, brown, black, white, pink and gray.
  3. Can wait… in line, for a turn, or for directions and shares with others.
  4. Is able to easily separate from parents.
  5. Can easily make transitions from one activity to another.
  6. Can name the following shapes: circle, square, oval, heart, rectangle, triangle and diamond.
  7. Can follow simple 2-step directions.
  8. Can count out loud to 20.
  9. Can identify numbers to 12.
  10. Writes his/her name.
  11. Can name and identify all (26) upper and lower case letters.
  12. Can name the sounds of the letters in the alphabet.
  13. Recognizes rhyming words.
  14. Recognizes opposites.
  15. Is able to correctly grasp different writing utensils (crayons, pencil, markers).

Classroom Skills for Kindergartners
          The preschool and Kindergarten teachers worked together to identify skills and abilities that are helpful to a smooth adjustment to kindergarten and a classroom community.
Getting Along with Peers
  • Waits his/her turn when playing with others.
  • Shares with other children
  • Uses basic manners (please and thank you)
  • Uses words to resolve conflicts with other children
  • Exhibits self-control when playing with others
  • Interacts well with other children
Self-Help Skills
  • Cleans up after him/herself
  • Uses bathroom and washes hands independently
  • Knows when/how to use a tissue
  • Refrains from putting objects in mouth
  • Can put on own clothes for outdoor play
  • Keeps track of personal belongings
  • Is able to separate easily from parents
  • Is comfortable speaking with adults
  • Resolves conflicts independently and seeks help when needed
  • Is able to direct own learning (looks at books, draws, or plays independently)
Basic Group Learning Skills
  • Waits his/her turn to speak
  • Easily changes from one activity to the next as requested
  • Sits appropriately during group activities
  • Listens to and follows two step directions
  • Listens to a story and asks/answers questions about it
  • Is able to organize personal belongings and classroom materials
  • Controls volume of his/her voice
  • Accepts minor disappointments without tears or tantrums