Getting Ready for Kindergarten

(The following information was provided by Badger Clark Elementary School staff)

You have been your child’s most important teacher since the day he/she was born.  But now a big day is getting close…your child’s first day of school!  We look forward to having your child in school, and we want to work closely with you, too.  We know that your child will learn more and be happier if we can work together as a team.

There are many ways parents can help their children prepare for school.  From practicing kindergarten skills, to talking to them about expectations and responsibilities they will encounter when they start school.  Here are some things you can discuss with your child or have them practice before school starts.

  • Practice self-help skills:  Personal hygiene; buttoning, snapping, zipping, tying, etc.; picking up and putting away toys/supplies.
  • Practice basic personal information:  First and last name, parents names, phone number, address.
  • Develop language skills:  Communicating needs, holding a conversation, expanding vocabulary.
  • Develop listening skills:  Listening for instructions, listening while others are speaking.
  • Practice cooperation:  Waiting their turn; being courteous and respectful while working/playing with others; sharing classroom supplies, playground equipment, etc.
  • Practice body control:  Keeping hands and feet to themselves; keeping backpacks, coats, lunchboxes, etc. under control.

Some suggested academic skills to work on include:

  • Counting 1 – 10
  • Counting objects
  • Identifying numbers 0-10
  • Sorting objects by similarities
  • Naming 8 basic colors
  • Naming 4 basic shapes
  • Spatial Relationships – above, below, beside, etc.
  • Saying their ABC’s
  • Identifying and saying letters in their first name
  • Printing their first name
  • Cutting
  • Coloring
  • Concepts of Print – Title/Author, Page Orientation

Other ideas to help your child succeed in school:

  • Read to/with your child everyday
  • Encourage your child to eat well, get enough sleep, bathe regularly, and brush teeth twice a day.
  • Establish the importance of regular school attendance – in school and on time everyday!
  • Get involved! – Knowing parents have an interest in school helps children to understand that school is important.
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Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Screening

The screening assessments, developed for students at the earliest stages of learning reading and mathematics, particularly kindergarten, are used to measure the foundational skills of letter and number understanding.  The assessment is designed to adjust to more challenging or more basic questions depending on the need of the student as he or she proceeds through the assessment.


(2 familiarization items, 30 test items, 1 good job item)

  • Phonological Awareness:  Matching Sounds, Rhyming, and Manipulating Sounds.
  • Visual Discrimination/Phonics:  Visual Discrimination, Letter Identification, and
    Matching Sounds to Letters.
  • Concepts of Print: Understanding Pre-Reading Behaviors, Orientation to the Page, Identify Title/Author, and Counting Words.

(2 familiarization items, 30 test items, 1 good job item)

  • Rote Counting – Counts to a Specific Number
  • One–to–One Correspondence  1-10, 11-20
  • Matches and Identifies Numerals 1-10, 11-20
  • Identifies Numbers of Objects – More/Fewer
  • Computes with Manipulatives – Moving Objects
  • Computes with Manipulatives – Numerical Answer

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