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Check Lists for Kindergartener's 

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Language Growth

  • K’s use longer, more complex sentences
  • They use language to give information
  • K’s retell familiar stories and predict story endings
  • They articulate words clearly
  •  K’s “read” environmental print
  • They use language to expand and extend play
  • K’s tell the function of mouth, nose, eyes, ears, legs, feet
  • They answer where, who, when, and why questions
  • K’s use contractions (can’t, don’t, won’t)
  • They speak in well-structured sentences (“Daddy drove the car to town.”
  • K’s carry out a series of 3 directions in correct sequence
  • They use possessive pronouns: his, hers, theirs, its, yours
  • K’s tell what to do when sick, cold, hungry, etc…
  • They use compound sentences
  • K’s use sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather to identify family members
  • They tell familiar stories in own words (without pictures for clues)
  • K’s can tell if 2 words begin with the same sound
  • They can tell if 2 words end with the same sound
  • K’s can tell whether or not 2 words rhyme
  • They can tell which of 3 words does not belong (banana, apple, car)
  • K’s sing songs, say nursery rhymes, and can rhyme on their own
  • They love to tell stories about themselves
  • K’s understand sequencing of stories and events
  • They love to listen to longer, more involved stories
Knowledge Growth
  • K’s can tell their full name, age, telephone number, and family members
  • They comprehend concepts of today, last night, yesterday, and tomorrow
  • K’s can identify weather as rainy, sunny, snowy, warm, cold
  • They can touch their own body parts on request (wrist, shoulder, ankle, waist)
  • K’s place objects over, above, under, below, upon, inside, through…
  • They sort similar household objects (silverware, clothing)
  • K’s can arrange objects into at least 3 groups (things to eat, wear, or play with)
  • They can identify objects as long/short, hard/soft, rough/smooth
  • K’s can place 5 objects in horizontal arrangement by size
  • They can count to 10
  • K’s count objects from 1-10
  • They give no objects when asked for zero
  • K’s touch first, middle, and last items in a row
  • They match and name geometric shapes
  • K’s can match big and small letters
  • They recognize their own name in print
  • K’s put patterns together
  • They show interest in family traditions
  • K’s identify relationships within the family
  • They touch and name left/right on own body
  • K’s organize collections of objects into groups
  • They can put 5 objects in pattern from memory
  • K’s solve problems in block building
  • They know quantity from 0-10
  • K’s tell the sequence of events in a story
  • They try different actions to solve a problem
  • K’s play with words and love to make rhymes
  • They point and name colors
  • K’s can draw with more detail to their pictures
  • They can draw and describe their pictures
  • K’s have begun to read and write (They have passes ALL of the Check-Ups Reading and Writing Basics)
  • They should start the year at a wisdom level 1 and end at a wisdom level 4.
 Social Growth 
  • K’s work alone at desired activity for 15-20 minutes
  • They adapt to changes in routine/environment (sleep in different bed without fuss)
  • K’s seek and accept help when needed
  • They face the person with whom he/she is speaking
  • K’s wait up to 15 minutes for needs to be met
  • They participate in group conversations
  • K’s like to socialize with peers
  • They enjoy situations away from home
  • K’s tell roles of family members (mother is a doctor, brother goes to school)
  • They say “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me”, and “I’m sorry” without reminders
  • K’s listen to and follow directions given to group as a whole
  • They clear a place at table
  • K’s clean up spills by getting own cloth
  • They help set table
  • K’s complete all toileting procedures correctly
  • They comb/brush their own hair
  • K’s hang up towels at home/use paper towel dispenser in public bathrooms
  • They bathe self 
Physical Growth
  • K’s throw balls overhand
  • They climb, hop, gallop, skip and run
  • K’s create structures with building materials
  • K’s can sit cross-legged on the floor
  • They follow a variety of directions involving moving the body with feet in one place (bend sideways, squat down)
  • K’s can hang from overhead bar with weight on arms
  • They walk forward short distances on a balance beam
  •  K’s can jump for longer distances, walk backwards running, jump backward, do the standing broad jump, gallop, hop and run
  • They can throw a ball/bean bag into a target
  • K’s bounce, throw, and catch balls
  • They dribble balls
  • They love to march to music
Fine Motor Growth
  • K’s spread fingers, touching thumb to each finger individually
  • They form simple shapes with clay (ball, snake, pancake)
  • K’s build with a variety of interlocking toys
  • They lace sewing cards
  • K’s can use clothes pins
  • They fold and crease paper horizontally, vertically
  • K’s pull tape from dispenser and apply it to paper
  • They cut straight lines
  • K’s draw with details
  • They can write letters
  • They cut with scissors
  • K’s use a thumb-forefinger grasp
  • They can copy simple figures
  • K’s button, zip, Velcro, and tie 
Creative Growth
  • K’s love to pretend and do things adults do
  • They like to collect things
  • K’s love to paint, draw, and dance to their own beat
  • They like to play silly games
  • K’s love to sing and make their own music
  • They like to illustrate their own books
  • K’s like to write their own books


Clever K’s
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