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What Kindergarteners Should Know

Jen, a kindergarten teacher who writes A Butterfly Moment, offered "10 things all kindergarteners should be able to do coming into class":

  • 1. recognize their name when written
  • 2. sing the ABC's
  • 3. recognize most of the basic colors
  • 4. count to 10
  • 5. recognize the basic shapes
  • 6. hold a crayon or pencil correctly (or at least close to correctly)
  • 7. put on their shoes (I'll do the tying for a while.)
  • 8. go to the bathroom by themselves
  • 9. know the difference between snack and lunch (Sandwiches are lunch. Goldfish crackers are snack.)
  • 10. sit still for at least 15 seconds

Question: Do you know all these things upon entering kindergarten/first grade?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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