Here's what to expect in Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten! We are excited you are considering BCA's Kindergarten program! As you know, this will begin your child's formal education. At BCA we know every child enters Kindergarten with differences in their abilities and skills. This is normal and to be expected. Our desire is for everyone to succeed! As a BCA Kindergarten student, your child will experience great success in our program if they begin with certain foundational essentials such as the ones listed below.

Recognizing Alphabet | Students will continue to strengthen skills in identifying/naming (recognize in random order) all alphabet letters, both capital and lowercase.

Letter Sounds | Students will continue to strengthen skills in the knowledge of phonetic sounds

Identifying Numerals and Counting | Students are expected to identify numerals 1-20 and count to 20.  

Name Writing | Students are expected to be able to write his/her name beginning with a capital letter.  

Use of Scissors | Students are expected to have learned to place fingers in the appropriate holes and to cut in the proper direction: away from the body. Cut pictures from magazines for practice.

Snack/Lunch Items | Students are expected to open/close lunch kits, snack bags, etc.  Teachers will assist, but our goal is for Kindergarteners to become independent in this area.

Dressing Skills | Students are expected to be proficient in buttoning/unbuttoning own pants/sweater/coat/etc. Practice, practice, practice!

Naming Colors | Students are expected to know the eight basic colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black and brown.

Knowing Birthday | Month and date. 

Knowing Telephone Number(s)

Knowing Full Home Address 

Attention Span | Your child will need to be able to sit quietly and stay focused for appropriate periods of time. Practice this skill at the dinner table, in the car, or wherever it works for you. Take turns talking/listening and being still/being active for short periods of time – use a timer on one or two minutes at a time. 

Following Directions | Your child should be able to follow verbal directions when given. Students will be taught to “freeze” and look directly at the teacher’s face when: student’s name is called and anytime the teacher addresses the class. 

Separation | Your child will need to be able to separate easily from parents.   Emotional adjustments will be easier for your child if you will prepare them by rehearsing at home: create a pretend scenario and practice saying good-bye and walking away (into another room).  

The more of these skills your child has mastered prior to entering Kindergarten, the easier the adjustment will be.

Here are a few links to help you and your student prepare for Kindergarten: | | | | | | |


Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Download
Kindergarten Readiness Worksheets: Download
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