We believe that the Kindergarten year provides each child time to mature academically, socially and emotionally at his/her own pace.  Our DUSD programs provide opportunities for students to develop based on their own needs, abilities and strengths. The rigor in our schools has increased as kindergarten has become more academic in nature. When students come ready and prepared for Kindergarten, they experience success in their academic journey.  We have included a list of inquiry questions to be used as a readiness checklist. Please use these questions as a guide to make an informal evaluation of your child’s readiness to enter a rigorous kindergarten program and as a guide to support you working with your child between now when they begin school.

    Social/Emotional Skills

    • Does my child understand the concept of sharing/taking turns?
    • Can my child express his/her needs without crying?
    • Does my child comply with rules, limits, and routines?
    • Does my child demonstrate interactive play?
    • Does my child have good listening skills/follow directions?
    • Can my child listen without interrupting?
    • Can my child focus on a specific task for 10-15 minutes independently?

    Cognitive Academic Development

    • Can my child recognize his/her name?
    • Can my child write his/her first name?
    • Does my child participate in art and music?
    • Can my child count to 10?
    • Can my child count a group of objects?
    • Can my child identify some numbers from 1-30?
    • Does my child show interest in sounds and letters?
    • Can my child identify some upper and lower case letters?
    • Does my child know some letter sounds?
    • Can my child rhyme words?
    • Can my child sit for a story?

    Motor Skills

    • Can my child cut while holding scissors correctly?
    • Can my child cut out an object on paper?
    • Can my child hold a crayon, marker, or pencil?
    • Can my child bounce a ball?
    • Can my child demonstrate the ability to hop, skip, and jump?