Lafayette Elementary


WaKIDS – Kindergarten Families

GOLD® Objectives and Dimensions (WaKIDS) 

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a process of connecting families, elementary schools and early education programs so that new kindergartners can be ready to start school.

All Washington public elementary schools participate in WaKIDS, which includes 3 elements:


  1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors
    • Manages feelings
    • Follows limits and expectations
    • Takes care of own needs appropriately
  1. Establishes and sustains positive relationships
    • Interacts with peers
  1. Participates cooperatively and constructively ingroup situations
    • Balances needs and rights of self and others
    • Solves social problems


  1. Demonstrates traveling skills
  2. Demonstrates balancing skills
  3. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination
    • Uses fingers and hands
    • Uses writing and drawing tools


  1. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language
    • Comprehends language
    • Follows directions
  1. Uses language to express thoughts and needs
    • Speaks clearly
  1. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills
    • Engages in conversations


  1. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
    • Attends and engages
    • Persists
    • Solves problems
  1. Remembers and connects experiences
    • Recognizes and recalls
  1. Uses classification skills
  2. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present
    • Thinks symbolically
    • Literacy
  1. Demonstrates phonological awareness
    • Notices and discriminates rhyme
    • Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
    • Identifies and names letters
    • Uses letter–sound knowledge
  1. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
    • Uses print concepts
  1. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
    • Uses emergent reading skills
  1. Demonstrates emergent writing skills
    • Writes name
    • Mathematics
  1. Uses number concepts and operations
    • Counts
    • Quantifies
    • Connects numerals with their quantities
  1. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes
    • Understands shapes