Kindergarten Readiness: What does this look like at HRA?
At Highland Rim Academy, we believe each of our students is a unique, whole person made in the image of God. Our classroom instruction techniques, curriculum, and discipleship-centered approach all work together to ensure our students receive an education that acknowledges the fullness of who they are in body, mind, and spirit. And by using the classical model we can confidently address our students’ needs in the most developmentally appropriate way at each step of their physical, mental, and spiritual development as they grow from the youngest learners among us in Kindergarten to mature young men and women senior year. Kindergarten registration is open for those who have a birthday on or before July 31.
Below are some basic guidelines. We would love to talk to you in more detail if you have any questions. Please contact the school office at 931-526-4472 for more information or to set up a tour.
Know first and last name
Write first name
Know phone number and address
Recite ABC’s accurately
Recognize all upper and lower case letters (does not have to write them)
Know names of basic shapes: triangle, square, rectangle, circle, diamond/rhombus
Know basic colors: red, green, yellow, blue, purple, orange, black, brown
Rhyming: Identify and offer rhyming words
Count to 20+
Recognize numbers 1-20
Verbal communication: willing and able to answer questions and participate in discussion
Be able to follow 2-3 step oral directions. Ex) sit down, smile, and fold your hands
Sit still and attentive for 10-15 minutes while listening to a story
Answer comprehension questions (Ex. “How did Lucy feel about meeting her new friend?”
Phonemic awareness (know whether sounds are the same or distinct in words)
Auditory memory (repeating digits or sentences)
Fine motor skills: correct pencil grip, cutting, tracing, etc
Know directional words: top, middle, left, right, bottom
Sorting by color, shape and size
Hand-eye coordination (tracking objects while counting)
Gross motor skills: balancing, skipping, hopping, stairs, etc
Show a cooperative attitude
Recommended Activities: How can I prepare my child?
Fine motor skills: play-doh, coloring, writing, drawing, sewing (cardboard cutouts and shoelaces), puzzles, cutting, etc
Word games: rhyming, beginning sounds (Ex. “What other words begin with a /b/ sound?”)
Gross motor play: leap frog, tag, climbing trees, rolling, wrestling, running, skipping, etc
Reading with an adult, babysitter, older sibling, etc for 20-30 minutes a day