How Do I Know if My Child is Ready for Kindergarten?

Centennial wants all students to be successful and enjoy school. A list of informal indicators is below for your use in determining if your child is ready for kindergarten. If you have questions or concerns about your child, please contact your child's elementary school.

Social Behavior
  • Participates in group activities
  • Interacts respectfully with adults and peers
  • Respects personal space of others (e.g., keeps hands and feet to self)
  • Moves through routines and transitions smoothly
  • Plays or works cooperatively with peers
  • Takes turns
  • Shares with others

Reading / Writing / Math
  • Recognizes many letters of the alphabet
  • Listens to and recognizes different sounds in rhymes and familiar words
  • Has experience with writing tools (pencils, crayons, etc.)
  • Prints name (uses a capital for first letter and lower case for the rest) 
  • Copies some letters and numbers 
  • Counts to 10 or higher 
  • Counts objects to 5 
  • Identifies colors and shapes

Listening and Speaking
  • Uses words to communicate needs and wants
  • Listens to stories for 5-10 minutes without restlessness 
  • Follows directions that involve two or more steps 
  • Recalls stories and events

Fine / Gross Motor
  • Uses a scissors correctly and cuts on lines or patterns 
  • Has experiences gluing, painting, coloring, and drawing 
  • Uses proper pencil grip with thumb and fingertips 
  • Can run, jump, hop, and march


Self-Help Skills
  • Takes care of bathroom needs independently
  • Organizes belongings
  • Is able to tie shoes and zip and button clothing

How to develop and encourage many of these behaviors
  • Read regularly (daily) 10-15 minutes with your child and talk about what is read 
  • Sing and share nursery rhymes and songs 
  • Provide experiences with purposeful writing such as grocery lists and notes to relatives 
  • Provide opportunities for your child to count and explore numbers
  • Involve your child in experiences playing and learning with other children his/her own age 
  • Talk with your child about daily activities 
  • Practice independence in self-care skills in everyday routines