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Which Skills Are Important for Kindergarteners?

As children grow up, they undergo a tremendous amount of growth in their social, physical, and cognitive skills. When your child enters preschool, you want to know what the new stage means for their learning development. Even at a very early age, children need to develop basic skills to succeed in the later stages of their lives. Let’s discuss some skills that are important for kindergarteners:

Physical Skills

In kindergarten, physical skills are particularly important. Here are some common physical skills a kindergartener is expected to have:

Establishing Dominance in either Left or Right

By the age your child enters preschool, they should demonstrate a clear preference for the side of the body they will use more often for the rest of their lives. Your child primarily displays their dominance with which hand for writing and holding things.

Imitating Movements

Kindergarten teachers often use music, dance, and dynamic movements as teaching tools. Your child will thrive and progress throughout the kindergarten year if they can imitate the movements of the teacher and other children.

Strong Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor muscles are found in the hands and fingers. By the age your child enters preschool, their fine motor skills should be developed to the point that they can use scissors, pick small things, and string beads on a thick thread.

Social Skills

When children enter the kindergarten stage, they meet other children of the same age and experience excitement in interacting with peers. Among other things, this social exploration helps them develop a sense of self-awareness and identity. Interaction with peer and indulging in group activities helps children improve their communication skills and help them interact and respond to verbal and social cues.

Cognitive Skills

Kindergarten is a time of rapid cognitive growth for children. At CRMS, we emphasize developing cognitive skills in addition to social and physical skills. Here are some important cognitive skills kids need to learn to do well in kindergarten:

Recognize their Name: We display your child’s name on their cubbies, tables, folders, and other things. Help your child recognize their name both verbally and in written form.

Recognize Alphabets: Kindergartners should recognize at least half a third of either uppercase or lowercase alphabets.

Speak Short Sentences Clearly: Your child needs to become an independent learner at later stages in life, and for this reason, a kindergartener must learn how to express themselves, respond to questions, and communicate their needs and wants to teachers and peers.

Counting Correctly:  Children should be able to count from 1 to 10 and understand what each number means, how to arrange those numbers in the right order, and how to count those numbers without any external assistance.

Color Recognition: Your kindergartener must recognize and name the basic colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, brown, and white.

Enroll Your Child at CRMS and Develop Their Skills in a Healthy Environment

Enrolling your child in one of the best Montessori preschools in Katy, TX, will ensure that your child thrives and grow in a healthy and proactive environment. At Centerra Ranch Montessori School, we offer a stimulating learning environment for children to develop their social, physical, and cognitive skills under our experienced preschools and after-school instructors in Cinco Ranch. We are a family-oriented preschool with transition classes available where we specifically focus on building these skills. We also provide child care at our infant care and Montessori preschool in Katy.

Contact us to learn more about our Montessori preschool in Cinco Ranch. 

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