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Skills Acquired During Kindergarten
General goals focus on children building strong pre-reading skills, practicing letter formation, enhancing listening and communication skills, getting an introduction to basic math concepts, and acquiring an active interest in the world. Generally speaking, your child will be expected to:

Language Arts
  • Recognize and write all of the letters of the alphabet in upper- and lowercase forms
  • Write his first and last name
  • Learn sounds corresponding to vowels and consonants
  • Use initial consonant sounds and sound patterns to read words (for example, f + an = fan; r + an = ran)
  • Identify several sight words, including names of colors
  • Recognize and use rhyming words
  • Retell a story including details
  • Put events of a story in order
  • Write simple sentences using sight words and phonics skills

Listening and Communication

  • Listen attentively
  • Raise hands or wait to speak
  • Act on instruction and repeat spoken directions
  • Engage in question-and-answer dialogue with classmates and teachers
  • Work as a team on projects or problem-solving


  • Sort and classify objects using one or more attributes
  • Recognize and write numbers to 30
  • Count orally by ones, five, and tens
  • Name ordinal numbers first through tenth
  • Add and subtract using manipulatives (Cheerios, candy, etc.)
  • Understand spatial relationships (top/bottom, near/far, ahead/behind)
  • Compare quantities by estimating, weighing, and measuring
  • Use graphs to gather information
  • Recognize patterns and shapes
  • Tell time to the nearest hour
  • Count coins
  • Recite the days of the week and months of the year