Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten

A five-year-old will need many skills to succeed in school.

You can help your child get ready by:

  • Reading aloud for 20 minutes a day.
  • Joining our Ready! for Kindergarten parent classes. We’re able to offer these classes for FREE thanks to a grant from the Department of Defense. Call 360-662-1724 to learn more.
  • Talking about colors, shapes
  • Counting together
  • Playing games and singing songs. Download our suggestions for kindergarten readiness activities.

Below are some of the skills your child will need. This information is provided by the Ready! for Kindergarten program.

Letters and Sounds

  • enjoys being read to and can retell a story
  • recognizes and names 10-15 alphabet letters and their sounds
  • repeats beginning and ending sounds in words
  • speaks in complete sentences
  • prints his or her first name
  • understands 4,000 to 5,000 spoken words


  • counts in order from 1 to 20
  • recognizes numbers and quantities to 10
  • ·names and sorts items by color, shape and size
  • understands concepts such as more, less, same, above, below, big and small


  • settles into new groups or situations
  • can concentrate on a task for at least 5 minutes
  • follows simple directions
  • shows kindness and concern for others


  • comes to school speaking English, if other languages are spoken at home

Personal Health

  • potty trained
  • ·no longer takes a daily nap (slowly wean away naps the summer before school starts)