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

Centennial School District wants all children to be successful and to enjoy school. Parents/Guardians often wonder whether their child is ready to enter kindergarten and ask questions about readiness indicators. A list of informal indicators is provided below for your use.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child or kindergarten, please contact your child’s elementary school: Blue Heron 763.792.6202, Centennial 763.792.5302, Centerville 763.792.5804, Golden Lake 763.792.5902, Rice Lake 763.792.5702.

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