kindergarten class sitting on matsHelp your children, kindergarten through High School, get ready and succeed in the coming school year.  Know what skills they need and provide activities throughout the summer to help them develop the skills needed to be a success at school.

School Readiness check list Kindergarten to High School

At least 30 days before school starts

All Ages:

___  Physical exams by a doctor and make sure immunizations are up to date. Kid who play sports need a physical exam to make sure it is safe for them to participate.

___  Make sure kids are eating yogurt or drinking Kefir to build up there immune systems.  This will help them avoid picking up colds, flu and other disease that easily ass between school kids.

___  Pick a few of the needed skills listed for each age group and practice each day to get ready for school.

___  Week before School Starts Tip: Get up, eat breakfast, and get dressed at the same time you will need to for school. And go to bed at the same time you will for school night.

Kindergarten to High School Readiness List (scroll down for older age groups)

Kindergarten Readiness:  Skills Check List:

___ Draws person with body

___ Knows full name, address and phone number

___ Copies triangle and other shapes

___ Prints some letters

___ Dresses and undresses without help

___ Uses utensils: fork, spoon, and (sometimes) a table knife

___ Usually cares for own toilet needs

___ Can count to Ten

___ Can bounce a ball

___ Listens to stories without interrupting

___ Knows rhyming sounds

___ Has short periods of paying attention and following directions

___ Understands cause and effects of actions

___ Knows morning, afternoon, evening and night time

___ Cuts with scissors

___ Shares with others sometimes

___ Understand rules and can sometimes follow

___ Understands who’s in charge

___ Can button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers

___ Has some self control

___ Can separate from parents and not be upset

___ Speech is understandable by adults

___ Speaks in complete sentences of five to six words

___ Can look at pictures and make up a story

___ Identifies beginning sound of some words

___ Know some ABC’s

___ Recognize common words like “stop” and “go”

___ Can tell colors, size, and shape

___ Knows groups of one, two, three, four, and five objects

More Kindergarten Readiness


school kidsElementary School Readiness Grade 1 – 6

Communicates effectively with adults and children by:


___ Labeling objects and feelings;

___ Providing simple descriptions for events;

___ Effectively conveying information, desires, and needs; and

___ Using simple language and grammar to solve problems and to negotiate social interactions with adults and peers.

Supportive Activities:

Telling scary stories around a campfire or fire pit

Keeping a journal for a week and sharing with others

Making a summer activities list

Playing with friends


Displays emerging literacy skills by:

___ Showing interest in and interacting with books as they are read by adults;

___ Activity: Join summer Library program


___ Answering questions;

___ Activity: play 50 questions


___ Learning to use new words and tell stories;

___ Activity: tell scary stories around the camp fire or fire pit and make up stories to tell little kids which are not scary


___ Recognizing and producing speech sounds, such as rhymes, beginning sounds, and letter sounds;

___ Activity writer poems and read fairy Tales


___ Identifying the letters of the alphabet

___ Activity: play word games like scrabble


___ Learning about print concepts from books, signs, and household objects;

___ Activity: teach to read labels on items you buy at grocery store


___ Engaging in drawing and pretend writing and writing their name, letters, and other printed symbols.

___ Activities: Practice calligraphy, games like charades


Shows an interest and skill in mathematics by:

___ Counting and using numbers to describe and compare

___ Activity: help count out items when shopping, picking up toys, and helping with household tasks


___ Recognizing and sorting simple shapes and describing their position;

___ Activity: puzzles, cutting with scissors


___ Identifying simple patterns;

___ Activities: puzzles, coloring, sewing


___ Making comparisons based on length, weight, time, temperature, and size;

___ Activities: helping with cooking and building


___ Using objects in play, experimenting with materials, building blocks and puzzles.

___ Activity: Play with magnets, slime, blocks and puzzles


Build early science skills by:

___ Exploring and showing curiosity;

___ Activity: nature outings, chemistry set, radio kit, ant farm,


___ Asking and answering questions about nature, why things happen and how things work;

___ Activity: park ranger programs, robot building class, Cub scouts, Boy scouts, Girl Scouts, Indian Guides


___ Identifying patterns and changes in daily life

___ Activities: Weather vane, bird feeding, outdoor thermometer, rain gauge


___ Making observations based on the five senses.

___ Activity: nature outings, scavenger hunts, finding games


Learn about history and social studies by:


___ Interacting with their family, peers, religious, and social communities;

___ Activities: Family gatherings, attending church or community activities


___ Recognizing ways in which people are alike and different

___ Activities: community cultural event, eating out at ethnic restaurants, being involved in community service


___ Recognizing the relationships between people, places and time.

___ Activities: Playing guess the relationship between people and places while at he beach or park


Enhance physical and motor development by:


___ Learning to control their bodies;

___ Activity: Playing sports, and outdoor games


___ Strengthening their muscles;

___ Activity: Classes gymnastics, marital arts, sports- playing on playground equipment, sack races, hiking,.


___ Practicing different movements

___ Activity: bike riding, scooter, skateboarding


___ Participating in regular physical activity

___ Activity: organized sports teams, YMCA, church groups, classes for dance, martial arts, gymnastics, marching band, cheerleading or other physical activity


___ Practicing healthy living and appropriate daily care routines.

___ Activities: bushing teeth, healthy food, bathing, hair care


Exhibit personal and social skills and a sense of self-worth by:


___ Feeling secure and valued in their relationships;

___ Activity: Expression of affection, and expression of communication with builds self esteem


___ Expressing their emotions and taking pride in their accomplishments;

___ Activity: Taking responsibility for chores, cleaning room, picking up toys. Provide praise and encourage for positive actions. Offer comfort when upset and encourage to comfort others


___ Recognizing the consequences of their actions;

___ Activities: Takes responsibility for actions and consequences. Use consistent discipline


___ Showing self-control;

___ Activity: Talk about how to handle difficult situations, what to do and do, read

Too smart for Trouble


___ Cooperating with others, using nonphysical ways to resolve conflicts.

___ Activity: Talk about how to solve problems, be a good role model for your children. Teach the bully and the bullied how to better cope.


Source in part: Virginia Department of Education


tweens and teensSuccessful Middle Students Check List:

___ Understand boundaries

___ Respects at School and neighborhood rule

___ Have positive role models

___ Have positive peer influence and has skills to handle peer pressure

___ Is involved in creative activities at home an in school

___ Reads for pleasure

___ Has had cultural experiences that are different than their own

___ Optimistic, has purpose, self esteem and some personal power

___ More Middle School Development Tasks


To help you middle schooler accomplish these tasks:

___ Be consistent with enforcing rules

___ Be a good role model be sure you are not spreading negatively, gloom and doom

___ Know you child’s friends and offer positive opportunities for activities and fun, give you child The Teen Empowerment Package!

___ Encourage you child to enroll in organized sport and other school activities

___ Take you child to ethnic restaurants and cultural events

___ Give responsibility so they develop and sense of personal power

___ Monitor video games, music and other media to ensure that they “unplug” and keep a balanced sense of the world

___ Encourage to do community service


teensSuccessful High School Students:

___ Can attentively sit still for 40 minutes

___ Uses a calendar or planner

___ Can make new friends

___ Has social skills to participate in activities with friends

___ Respects peers

___ Respects authority

___ Resists peer pressure

___ Says no to drinking, smoking and drugs?

___ Takes notes in Class

___ Does homework on their own

___ Plans and manages multiple tasks

___ Get along well at school

___ Ask for help when needed

___ Seeks help if bullied

___ Accept constructive criticism

___ Talks about school and activities

___ Looks forward to school activities

___ Talks about future plans


To help your High Schooler accomplish these tasks:

Give responsibility

Provide Only constructive criticism only

Be Consistant with rules and discipline

Assign multiple chores

Go on family outings to interesting and culturally diverse places and cultural events

Be a good Role Model





Jennifer Cummings

Ms. Cummings, author, and editor of the Education and School Section, she has a psychology and an M.Ed. in special education from Framingham State College in Massachusetts. She was an elementary teacher in Massachusetts serving both regular education and special education students. She has taught grades 1,4, and 5.

"I believe that families' involvement in their child's education is one of the key ingredients to creating a successful school experience for children. Keeping parents informed about school-related issues helps parents and teachers work together for the best possible outcomes for their children. Learning together makes learning fun - for everyone!" - Jennifer Cummings. CummingsGeneral EducationElementary School Age Children,High School,School and EducationHelp your children, kindergarten through High School, get ready and succeed in the coming school year.  Know what skills they need and provide activities throughout the summer to help them develop the skills needed to be a success at school. School Readiness check list Kindergarten to High School At least 30...Parenting Advice| Family Fun Activities for Kids