Checking that a child can touch his ear with the opposite hand is one test for kindergarten readiness. But if you are looking for specific proof that your child is ready, here are some of the abilities which Kentucky looks for in each child:
- Stating his or her name, age, birthday and phone number
- Naming body parts as they are pointed to
- Standing on one leg with eyes open and then closed
- Identifying shapes such as triangles and squares
- Printing his or her name
- Saying (not singing) the ABC’s
- Naming letters pointed to
- Counting into the twenties
- Sorting items by shape
- Separating a certain number of blocks from a group of blocks
- Identifying the front and back of a book
- Identifying in what order words are read
The test used by Kentucky looks at five broad areas: academic / cognitive; language development; physical development; self-help; and social-emotional.
Not all states test incoming kindergarteners, yet all are looking for kindergarten-ready skills in children. You can use this information to prepare your child for a great start to school.