WaKIDS – Kindergarten Families

GOLD® Objectives and Dimensions (WaKIDS) 

WaKIDS - Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills

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 increasinglycomplex language
  • Comprehends language
  • Follows directions
  1. Uses language to express thoughts and needs
  • Speaks clearly
  1. Uses appropriate conversational and othercommunication 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 somethingnot 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 andother 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 relationshipsand shapes
  • Understands shapes