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I Can Demonstrated Skills


Kindergarten Readiness Checklist

Kindergarten teachers have complied a list of important "I Can" skills/ school readiness skills that can indicate a child's readiness for kindergarten. Although not requirements, the transition to kindergarten will be easier for the child if they are familiar with these concepts.


"I CAN" - Social, Emotional and Self Help Behaviors

Kids listening to a teacherKid washing his handsKids putting their items away in bins

  • follow simple rules   
  • pay attention for short periods of time to adult directed tasks 
  • separate from my caregivers without being upset
  • put on my coat and zip it up
  • tie my shoes
  • take turns
  • share with others
  • sit quietly and listen without interrupting
  • follow simple directions
  • use the bathroom by myself (including zipping/buttoning pants)
  • put on my backpack
  • hold a pencil or crayon
  • cut with scissors
  • put things away
  • hang my backpack on a hook
  • wash my hand with soap
  • use a tissue to wipe my nose
  • cough into my elbow
  • stand in line
  • drink from a drinking fountain
  • open any food containers in my lunch
  • raise my hand and wait to be called on

"I CAN" - Academic Skills

Kids playing with playdoughA student reading from a workbookStudents working at a table together

  • recognize, name and trace basic shapes
  • count and recognize numbers 1-10, even when out of order
  • count 10 objects pointing to each one as I count
  • say or sing the alphabet
  • recognize the letters of the alphabet, both upper and lowercase
  • identify colors in an 8-ct crayon pack
  • sort items by size, color or shape
  • speak understandably and in complete sentences
  • recognize and write my first name
  • tell if two words rhyme
  • identify some letter sounds
  • recognize some sight words like "go"
  • hold a book and turn the pages
  • look at pictures and then tell stories