What Should a Preschooler Know Going into Kindergarten?

As your preschoolers grow and flourish before your eyes, it’s only natural to wonder: are they ready for the next chapter? In this article, we embark on a delightful exploration of what a preschooler should know before stepping into the colorful world of kindergarten. Together, we’ll uncover the key skills and abilities that will pave the way for a smooth transition and ensure your child’s readiness to thrive in their new academic environment. 

What Should a Preschooler Know Going into Kindergarten?

Before starting kindergarten, preschoolers should ideally have developed a range of skills and abilities across various domains to help them succeed in school. Here are some key areas that preschoolers should typically be familiar with by the time they enter kindergarten:

Social Skills

Preschoolers should be able to interact positively with their peers and adults. They should understand basic social norms such as sharing, taking turns, and following simple instructions.

Language and Communication

Preschoolers should have a basic grasp of language and communication skills. This includes vocabulary development, understanding simple sentences, and being able to express themselves verbally.

Fine Motor Skills

Preschoolers should have developed fine motor skills, such as holding a pencil or crayon correctly, cutting with scissors, and manipulating small objects.

Gross Motor Skills

Preschoolers should be able to move and coordinate their bodies effectively. This includes skills like running, jumping, climbing, and balancing.

Cognitive Skills

Preschoolers should have started to develop cognitive skills such as counting, recognizing numbers and basic shapes, sorting objects by color or size, and understanding basic concepts like big/small and more/less.


Preschoolers should be able to perform basic self-care tasks independently, such as using the toilet, washing hands, and dressing themselves (to some extent).

Listening and Following Directions

Preschoolers should be able to listen attentively and follow simple directions given by teachers or other adults.

Pre-Reading Skills

While not essential, preschoolers who have been exposed to books and stories will have a head start. They may recognize some letters, understand that print carries meaning, and enjoy being read to.

Curiosity and Eagerness to Learn

Preschoolers should have a natural curiosity about the world around them and be eager to explore and learn new things.

Emotional Regulation

Preschoolers should have begun to develop basic emotional regulation skills, such as identifying and expressing their emotions appropriately and coping with frustration or disappointment.

It’s important to remember that every child develops at their own pace, so not all preschoolers will have mastered all of these skills before starting kindergarten. However, having a good foundation in these areas can help ease the transition into formal schooling and set the stage for future academic success.

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Why Is It Important That My Preschooler Knows These Skills Before Kindergarten?

Ensuring preschoolers have developed these skills before kindergarten is crucial for supporting their overall academic and social success. These foundational skills serve as building blocks, providing children with the tools they need to navigate the challenges of kindergarten and beyond. 

By teaching your child these skills early on, preschoolers are better equipped to engage in classroom activities, interact with peers and teachers, and absorb new knowledge effectively. A solid foundation in areas such as language, social interaction, and cognitive development not only facilitates academic achievement but also fosters confidence and a positive attitude toward learning. 

Set Your Child Up for Success with LIPP

As you embark on the exciting journey of preparing your little one for kindergarten, consider the enriching opportunities that await at LIPP! We pride ourselves on providing a nurturing and stimulating environment where children develop essential skills for kindergarten success and immerse themselves in a rich linguistic landscape, fostering fluency in a second language from an early age. 

With our comprehensive curriculum and dedicated educators, your child will flourish academically, socially, and linguistically, setting them up for a lifetime of learning and growth. Join us at LIPP, where every child’s potential is nurtured and celebrated, and watch as your preschooler blossoms into a confident, capable, and multilingual learner ready to conquer the world! Visit our website to schedule a tour and get started.