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Readiness Checklist

Visual Perception/Motor Development

1. Young rider can see with sufficient clarity to:

 recognize letters and numbers at least as well as you
 Distinguish colors
 Participate in other activities such as riding a bicycle, running, sports or other recreational activities

2. Young rider possesses ability to perceive depth or distance to:

 look at two objects in the distance and determine which is farther

3. Young rider has adequate side/peripheral vision to:

 see objects 90 degrees to each side while looking straight ahead

4. Young rider can judge the speed of objects (fast, medium, slow):

 to a degree that agrees with your judgment. Test their ability to judge the speed of cars on the highway, a moving train, a dog running, etc.

5. Young rider can state the distances of objects in feet, yards or miles such as:

 the distance from the house to the road
 the width of a hallway or room

6. Young rider can follow movement of objects and:

 follow the path of such things as a baseball, car or video game object.
 estimate distance between objects when looking at a landscape picture

7. Young rider can visualize distances between objects as displayed by:

 a family photograph
 a landscape picture

8. Young rider can follow a moving object while manipulating it by hand such as:

 dribbling a basketball
 playing a video game

9. Young rider can describe cause-and-effect experiences such as:

 a minor injury they received and correctly identify the cause
 a setting or situation that could cause injury if precautions are not taken.
 injuries that might be caused by running, swimming, bicycling, riding in a car and other similar situations

10. Young rider can concentrate on more than one element at a time in solving a puzzle or problem including:

 picking out or describing several items within a picture
 assembling a puzzle without unusual problems or delays
 describing what to do if a house fire should occur

11. Young rider can maintain relative spans of attention when given a variety of stimuli such as:

 completing school homework assignments without being easily distracted
 assembling difficult puzzles like a nature scene

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