Kindergarten Readiness Skills

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Help Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten

Every child grows, develops, and learns at a different rate. Your child may already be successful with some skills and may need more time to develop others. The key is to give your child plenty of opportunities to practice and learn these skills by interacting naturally with family and friends.

The following skill areas are based on the Utah Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines. Review these skill areas, observe your child, and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. Then use the Ready! Set! School! lessons and activities to find ways to develop your child's skills.

Click here to download a checklist that you can use to keep track of your child's progress


The Basics of Kindergarten Readiness:

In order to attend kindergarten, your child must be five years old before September 2nd of the enrolling year.
You must provide:

A few other things to do:

Helpful Resources

If you are concerned about your child's development, contact your local school district. Every district actively seeks out and serves children with special needs. For additional resources and information, go to Special Education area of the Utah State Office of Education website.

Head Start serves the child development needs of preschool children (birth through age five) and their low-income families. For further information, contact the Head Start Collaboration Office at (801) 538-9312.


Skill that Your Child will Need for Best Results:

By reviewing these skills, you will be prepared to adapt Ready! Set! School! lessons to your child.

Self-Help Skills

Social/Emotional Skills

Large Motor Skills

Small Motor Skills

Math Skills

Language and Literacy

For more information about the Utah Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines, a 48-page document by the Utah State Office of Education is available by clicking here.