Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Act 825 of 2003 required the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to determine and prepare a list of the skills and knowledge that a child should have in order to be prepared to enter kindergarten.
Starting school is a big step. Make sure that step is in the right direction by helping children acquire the skills they need to be successful. The Arkansas School Readiness Committee has identified 38 indicators that will help get a child's educational experiences off to a good start.
Studies have show being ready to learn means a child will have a head start that will last a lifetime. This is simply a list of skills that will give you, as a parent or guardian, a place to begin in preparing your child for entering kindergarten.
Kindergarten Readiness Indicators
Children entering school with a range of skills and knowledge tend to be more successful in school. While mastery of any or all of the skills identified here is not required for admission to kindergarten, we hope you will use these indicators to help your child(ren) enter kindergarten with confidence.
This booklet provide an instructional link to each of the skills listed on the checklist. It includes ideas parents may use when working or playing with their child.
This is a more detailed guide with suggested activities and ideas that are specifically designed for preschool children and focus on hands-on learning with concrete materials.