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State Prekindergarten Money Competitive for Schools

Posted: August 9, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF • @NWABenGoff Carlos Martinez, 4, plays a game on an iPad Friday with help from teacher’s assistant Amanda Payerli in the prekindergarten class at Eastside Elementary School in Rogers. The class is one of two in Rogers that nearly didn’t open this year after grants that paid for them expired.

Word of mouth was the only advertisement needed when the Springdale School District added seats to a prekindergarten program this fall.

At A Glance

Ready For School

Kindergarten readiness is defined by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, in part, as a child who:

• Knows first and last name, his or her own age and parents’ names.

• Counts from 1 to 10 in correct order.

• Matches a letter with the beginning sound of a word.

• Matches two pictures that are alike.

• Recognizes and names at least five colors.

• Adds and subtracts familiar objects such as cookies.

• Makes simple predictions and comments about a story being read.

• Recognizes rhyming words. such as cat and hat.

• Runs, jumps, hops, throws, catches and bounces a ball.

• Retells a simple story.

• Adjusts to new situations without his or her parents.

Source: Kindergarten Readiness List

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