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Kindergarten Skills

Last Updated: 2/23/2021 3:25 PM

How can you prepare your child for Kindergarten? Check out these tips and  activities to help your child prepare for success.  Please note-- these skills were identified based on the Georgia Standards of Excellence. These are only suggestions and  students will not be expected to know all of this information at the start of the school year. Teachers will  meet students where they are and move them towards more growth.


stack of books  English/Language Arts

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Correctly participates in conversations;  can ask and answer questions (What is  your name?, How old are you?)
  • Builds spoken vocabulary by adding words heard in conversations, activities, and  books
  • Understands and uses gestures and body language
  • Speaks in complete sentences and is understood
  • Understands and retells stories, events, and other learned information
  • Names different sounds; rhymes; hears  and names the beginning sound in a word;  hears words in sentences; hears parts of  words
  • Begins to name upper and lowercase letters
  • Draws pictures to share ideas
  • Uses finger to track words from left to  right on a page; reads symbols and words around them (ex. STOP sign, McDonald’s,  Target, Walmart)


math art Mathematics

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Counts to 20 in order
  • Counts 10 or fewer objects by pointing to each object and saying the correct  number
  • Knows written numbers 0—9
  • Sorts objects (like toy cars) by similarities and differences (color, size, etc.)
  • Names shapes: circle, square, rectangle,  triangle (including in the  environment)
  • Counts and compares two groups of objects (more, less, same)


science art Science

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Asks questions about things s/he wonders
  • Uses senses (sight, smell, sound, taste,  touch) to observe and explore the  world around them
  • Describes objects based on what materials they are made of (color, size, shape, etc.) and how they move (fast,  slow, etc.)
  • Looks for patterns among groups of objects
  • Describes living things around them
  • Observes and explains changes in the Earth and sky


globe art Social Studies

With parent/caregiver support…

  • Names and follows rules at home and in the community
  • Describes events in relation to time– past, present, and future
  • Recognizes similarities and differences between self and others
  • Names community helpers (police officer, fire fighter, doctor, teacher, farmer, etc.)


brain artPhysical Health and Wellness

With parent/caregiver support:

  • Identifies basic emotions (happy, mad, sad, scared) by observing facial expressions
  • Implements ways to calm when upset
  • Knows how to ask a friend to play
  • Helps to make healthy snacks and talks about choosing healthy foods
  • Runs, jumps, skips, climbs and understands how their body moves when playing