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Kindergarten Readiness

As you prepare your child for the magical world of kindergarten please look to these ideas so that the transition into school can be smooth and successful. You can also find links at the top of this page to give you more ideas, links, and resources for each topic touched on below.


Before the beginning of kindergarten your child should be able to:

· Recognize 26 of the 52 letters out of order (this includes upper and lowercase letters)

· Independently identify and say at least 10 letter sounds

· Recognize and independently name all of the letters in his/her first name.


Before the beginning of kindergarten your child should be able to:

· Use the correct grasp when holding a pencil, marker, crayon, etc.

· Independently write his/her first name.

· Independently draw pictures and then explain to you their drawing.


Before the beginning of kindergarten your child should be able to:

· Independently count to 20

· Independently recognize numbers 0-10 when shown out of order

· Independently count up to 10 objects

· Create and copy simple patterns

· Recognize basic shapes (square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, circle) and colors


Before the beginning of kindergarten your child should be able to:

· Listen to adults and follow simple directions independently.

· Share and play with peers appropriately.

· Take care of things and put them away independently.

· Independently button/unbutton, zip/unzip, put on/take off, etc. their own clothes.

· Try to tie his/her own shoes.

· Use the restroom, wash hands, and do all other necessary self-care independently.

· Begin to teach and guide your child on how to critically think and solve his/her own simple problems and challenges without someone solving it for them (“I can’t find my ____ what do I do?” “I can’t _______ what should I do?”) When a problem arises, have YOUR CHILD come up with possible solutions and then let them try to solve it safely and appropriately on their own.

The Good and Bad in our Technology Filled World

In a world full of great learning apps, children's TV shows 24 hours a day, etc. as parents we have to find a balance in order to raise happy, healthy children. Here are the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics for total screen time per day according to age:

  • For children under 18 months, avoid screen-based media except video chatting.
  • For children 18 months to 24 months, parents should choose high-quality programming and watch with their children.
  • For children 2 to 5, limit screen time to one hour per day of high-quality programming.
  • For children 6 and up, establish consistent limits on the time spent using media and the types of media.

Read the entire article 

Article About Screen Time Research

Educational Support Services

Did you know that Oceanside Unified School District can help your child with developmental delays starting at age 3? If you are concerned with your child's speech or any other developmental delay please follow the link for more information.

OUSD Educational Support Services