Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Checklists

Readiness Checklist for Preschoolers

  • Your child is out of diapers completely (day and night), and can manage his/her own trips to the bathroom.  Sterling Montessori School does not accommodate diapers and/or pull-ups.  We are not a certified diaper changing facility, thus our staff can only offer minimal assistance to your child if he/she has an accident.  If accidents persist, you the parents will be called to attend to your child. Ultimately, a request for withdrawal may be necessary.
  • Your child can properly feed him/herself with utensils and will remain seated in a chair (unrestrained) to eat.
  • Your child can play with or near other children, or alone, for at least 15 minutes without requiring constant adult intervention.
  • Your child will follow other adult’s directions.
  • Your child can tolerate small levels of frustration without exploding into a temper tantrum.
  • Your child will separate from you.
  • Your child is reasonably healthy.  Exposure to a group of children every day will almost certainly mean your child will get more colds and other respiratory ailments.  It will happen in preschool, or, if you wait, in kindergarten.  If your child is very susceptible to respiratory problems, discuss the issue with your pediatrician.
  • Your child has the stamina to spend several hours a day interacting with small and large groups of children.  Some children find early socializing exhausting. 
  • Your child can pay attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks
  • Your child has begun to share with others
  • Your child can follow rules
  • Your child can talk in complete sentences of  at least 5–6 words.


Readiness Checklist for  Kindergarteners

  • Your child listens to stories without interrupting.
  • Your child can recognize rhyming sounds and words.
  • Your child understand actions have both causes and effects.
  • Your child shows understanding of general times of the day.
  • Your child can cut with scissors.
  • Your child can trace basic shapes.
  • Your child can button shirts, pants, coats, and zip up zippers.
  • Your child can look at pictures and tell stories about them.
  • Your child can identify the beginning sounds of some words.
  • Your child can identify some alphabet letters.
  • Your child can recognize some common sight words – like “stop”.
  • Your child can sort similar objects by color, size, and shape.
  • Your child can recognize groups of one, two, three, four and five objects.
  • Your child can count to ten.
  • Your child can bounce a ball.