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Kindergarten Readiness

The below information is about kindergarten readiness.
Click here to learn about registering for kindergarten. 
Click here to learn about the kindergarten experience.

Is Your Child "Ready"?

Readiness is variable, but the following is a recommended definition for kindergarten readiness.  However, the requirements to attend kindergarten in HPISD are two-fold: age (5 by Sept. 1) and residency with HPISD boundaries.

**Please note, not every characteristic below needs to be met to be a successful kindergarten student! 

A child who listens
  • to directions without interrupting.
  • to stories and poems for the five to ten minutes without restlessness.
A child who hears
  • words that rhyme.
  • words that begin with the same sound or different sounds.
A child who sees
  • likenesses and differences in pictures and designs.
  • letters and words that match.
A child who understands
  • relationships inherent in such words as up and down, top and bottom, little and big.
  • the classifications of words that represent people, places and things.
A child who speaks and can
  • stay on the topic in class discussions.
  • retell a story or poem in correct sequence.
  • tell a story or relate an experience of their own.
A child who thinks and can
  • give the main idea of a story.
  • give unique ideas and important details.
  • give reasons for his opinions.
A child who adjusts
  • to changes in routine and to new situations without becoming fearful.
  • to opposition or defeat without crying or sulking.
  • to the necessity of asking for help when needed.
A child who plays
  • cooperatively with other children
  • and shares, takes turns, and assumes his/her share of group responsibility.
  • and can run, jump, skip, and bounce a ball with comparative dexterity.
A child who works
  • without being easily distracted.
  • and follows directions.
  • and completes each task.
  • and takes pride in his/her work.

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