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Pre-K Learning CheckList
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What My Child Should Know Prior to Pre-K

July 28, 2012

Learning is FUN!, Pre-K

What My Child Should Know Prior to Pre-K

Beginning Pre-K is a big step for both you and your child. While it may be hard to let go of your baby and entrust his/her in the hands of another adult as a teacher, it’s essential for the foundation of early academic skills. There are a number of things your child should know before he/she steps into the Pre-K clas sroom:

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  • Your child should know basic developmental skills, such as dressing themselves, standing in line, sharing with other children, and playing well with friends. Encourage these skills at home before starting Pre-K. Also encourage a larger attention span, as well as learning how to express feelings in the appropriate way.
  • Work with your child to learn basic academic skills, such as counting to 10, singing the alphabet, singing rhyming songs, and other songs that describe body parts, such as “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes…” Also use everyday objects to teach colors and show him/her how to hold a crayon and pencil, and cut with scissors.
  • Your child should know his first and last name, birthday, age, name of parents, telephone number, and home address.
  • They should be able to write their name in basic capital letters.
  • He/she should know basic manners such as hello, goodbye, thank you, you’re welcome, and excuse me. Vocalizing needs is also a basic skill he/she will need to know before entering Pre-K.
  • Your child should know how to eat on his own.
  • He/she should know how to properly wash their hands with soap and water and how to dry them with a towel.
  • They should also know how to sit still for a short period of time.
  • Your child should know how to take care of his/her personal hygiene needs after going to the bathroom. They should know how to close the bathroom door, flush, and pull their pants up/down. Girls should know how to clean a toilet seat before they sit down, and boys should also know how to clean the sit afterwards and place the lid down.
  • He/she should know how to zip and unzip zippers, and how to snap and unsnap buttons.
  • Your child should know how to follow two-step directions, such as, “Pick up the blocks and put them in the blue box.”
  • Your child should know how to follow rules and routines.
  • He/she should know how to stay on task and ask for help when necessary.
  • They should know how to participate in group activities.
  • Your child should know how to take turns.
  • They should know how to clean up after playtime.
  • They should know how to listen when others are speaking or reading aloud.
  • He/she should be able to retell information from a short story.
  • He/she should be able to draw simple pictures to communicate ideas.
  • Your child should be able to sort items by color, shape, and size.
  • They should know how to create simple patterns.
  • They should know about propositional and directional concepts, such as up/down, over/under, in/out, on/off, stop/go, in front of/behind, and top/bottom.
  • They should know a few opposite words such as big/little, empty/full, slow/fast.
  • He/she should be able to play catch, skip, jump, and run.
  • They should know how to play with playdough by squishing, rolling, shaping, stamping, and cutting it.
  • Your child should know how to string beads to make a necklace (using large beads and string specifically made for children).
  • They should be able to interlock pieces of a puzzle together – not put the puzzle together by themselves, but the motion of actually interlocking the pieces.
  • They should be able to pretend play: dress-up, cooking, “house”, doctor, etc.

 

Children develop and mature at different levels. Your child may not have all the skills you would like him/her to have before starting Pre-K, but the skills you develop at home will be nurtured in Pre-K so that he/she will excel by the end of the Pre-K year.

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