Kinders also are supposed to start the year being able to “cut with scissors correctly” and follow two- to three-step instructions.
My father almost flunked kindergarten because he couldn’t cut with scissors. He didn’t have the coordination for it, even by the end of kindergarten. However, he could read, so they passed him along. My brothers had similar coordination issues that made art projects an ordeal.
I learned to read in kindergarten — my sister, who was in first grade taught me — but it was easier back in the 1950s . We only had 26 letters.