Preparing children for kindergarten

See what skills your child should have at the beginning — and preparing children for kindergarten the end — of the school year. Kindergarten is an exciting time of exploration for your child.

As her motor coordination increases, so too will her sense of independence, self-reliance, and self-confidence. You may want to review this list and see if there is anything else you would like to teach your child before those first days of school. Don’t panic if your child hasn’t nailed everything on the list — she’ll learn a lot in kindergarten. What’s more important is to wean her from relying on you to do things she could do herself, such as zipping her jacket or tying her shoes. Give her the chance to show you what she can do — you might be in for a few surprises!

Although the curriculum may vary from school to school, general goals focus on children building strong pre-reading skills, practicing letter formation, enhancing listening and communication skills, getting an introduction to basic math concepts, and acquiring an active interest in the world. Get kids learning with these fun, themed activities! Nutritious breakfast and snack recipes—with food activities for kids! Reinforce your child’s time telling skills with this award-winning mobile app! Get expert advice on reading, homework help, learning activities, and more. Learn more about the email and text alerts included within your HCPSS News subscription.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver . HCPSS kindergarten is a full day program. Parents of incoming kindergarteners may watch a video of our Road to Kindergarten presentation, held in January.