Being a homeschooler, I know that my child is getting the best education, but that doesn't mean that I don't wonder if she truly is prepared. We are mothers and fathers and grandparents; it is our jobs to make sure our children are hitting "appropriate" (I put that in quotation marks because I'm unsure if that is even the word I should be using) milestones by grade.
Because my only example is my own child, I will start off by saying that my daughter who is classified as a kindergartener by state standards has surpassed the first grade curriculum. Already, I'm in murky territory.
However, I have compiled a list that I expect her to fulfill, not because she is entering "first grade" but because I want to maintain a goal. Whatever we haven't accomplished, we will continue to work on through the following months.
If you are not homeschooling your child, then this is the perfect list to check your child on before they enter the next grade. Of course, this may be applied to a first grader going into second grade as well. I made it based on my child's aptitude and what we have learned throughout the year.