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    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: 

    GOLD® Objectives and Dimensions (WaKIDS) 



    1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors

    • Manages feelings
    • Follows limits and expectations
    • Takes care of own needs appropriately

    2. Establishes and sustains positive relationships

    • Interacts with peers

    3. Participates cooperatively and constructively in group situations

    • Balances needs and rights of self and others
    • Solves social problems



    4. Demonstrates traveling skills

    5. Demonstrates balancing skills

    7. Demonstrates fine-motor strength and coordination

    • Uses fingers and hands
    • Uses writing and drawing tools



    8. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

    • Comprehends language
    • Follows directions

    9. Uses language to express thoughts and needs

    • Speaks clearly

    10. Uses appropriate conversational and other communication skills

    • Engages in conversations



    11. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning

    • Attends and engages
    • Persists
    • Solves problems

    12. Remembers and connects experiences

    • Recognizes and recalls

    13. Uses classification skills

    14. Uses symbols and images to represent something not present

    • Thinks symbolically



    15. Demonstrates phonological awareness

    • Notices and discriminates rhyme
    • Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound

    16. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet

    • Identifies and names letters
    • Uses letter–sound knowledge

    17. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses

    • Uses print concepts

    18. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts

    • Uses emergent reading skills

    19. Demonstrates emergent writing skills

    • Writes name



    20. Uses number concepts and operations

    • Counts
    • Quantifies
    • Connects numerals with their quantities

    21. Explores and describes spatial relationships and shapes

    • Understands shapes