If you are a parent of a soon-to-be kindergartner, then you might be interested in what this kindergarten teacher says about What Kindergartners Should Already Know on the First Day of School.
What should kindergartner already know by the First Day of School? It’s one of those questions that pops up every year around this time and can often even be controversial!
After a little research, I found out that there are approximately 180,000 Kindergarten teachers in the United States and for every one of those teachers, I can assure you that there are equally as many answers to this age-old question. And while I am quite positive that parents and teachers alike can debate over the academic skills they feel that kindergartners should have on the first day of school, I know that there are some things that ALL Kindergarten teachers wished our little peeps had mastered by the first day of school. Want to make your child’s Kindergarten teacher happy? Then read on…
What My Kindergartner Should Know by the First Day of School
- Child should know what their first and last name is and being able to respond to it. (As a teacher, I don’t know your child’s nick-name and am going to call him by the name that he was registered under. Please make sure that he/she knows their given name.)
- Child should know basic hygiene skills; ie: How to use the restroom by themselves, including wiping their own backside; Wash their hands after using the restroom; ‘Catch’ their cough in the crook of their arm.
- Child should be able to know how to dress themselves, including socks and shoes. (While you might dress them at home, I don’t have the time to re-dress your child after he/she uses the restroom.)
- Child should already know basic social skills, such as:
- 1. Confidence! Teach your child that they can do anything that they put their mind to.
- 2. Always try, no matter what. (You would be surprised at how many kids come into Kindergarten saying “I Can’t”, without ever even trying.)
- 3. Respect. Have respect towards all adults, peers and the property of others.
- 4. Be kind.
- 5. Take turns & share.
- 6. How to make friends.
- 7. Conversational skills.
- 8. How to listen and follow simple directions.
- 9. Independence. (I know that this precious child is your ‘baby’, but 4/5/6 years old are AMAZING and can actually do many tasks on their own!)
- 10. Know how to sit in a chair.
My job as your child’s Kindergarten teacher is to teach them the basics and building blocks of education, which I am very eager to do! But my job is so much harder when I have to teach them the skills that I mentioned above. Honestly, I don’t mind if your child can’t identify all the letters of the alphabet or if they don’t know all their letter sounds on the first day of school, as that is my job to teach them these necessary academics and one that I love to do. So help a Kindergarten teacher out and make their job easier by teaching your child these skills!
And what if your child has all of these skills mastered? Well, I have a secondary list of skills that would be fabulous if they came into my class already mastering! These are not imperative, but will definitely help them out academically!
Academic Skills for the First Day of Kindergarten for those students who have mastered the above social skills
- Recognize & Write their First and Last Name
- Know how to use scissors in the correct way
- Hold a pencil the correct way
- Identify all 52 letters (upper & lowercase) of the alphabet (Many parents think their child ‘knows’ the alphabet because they can sing it. That is different from the child being able to see the lowercase q and being able to say what letter it is.)
- Identify 26 letter sounds
- Identify & Write Numbers 1-30
- Count to 30 by ones
- Tie their own shoes
If you are a parent or fellow Kindergarten teacher, I would LOVE for you to leave a comment and tell me what you think of the skills that I feel are important for the first day of Kindergarten…
Thank you to my friend at A Kindergarten Lifestyle for assisting me in asking fellow teachers the top 3 skills they wished their Kindergartners knew on the First Day of School.