Curriculum At A Glance

Dear Parents,

 Your child is getting ready for kindergarten. Below you will find learning objectives for the school year and some skills to practice at home.

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The student…

  • recognizes letters of the alphabet
  • associates sounds with letters of the alphabet
  • understands basic phonological/phonetic principles (ex., knows rhyming words, knows words that have the same initial and final sounds)
  • blends individual sounds into words
  • understands how print is organized and read (ex., locating print on a page, matching print to speech, knowing parts of a book, reading from top-to-bottom, left-to-right and sweeping back to left for the next line)
  • uses a variety of sources to build vocabulary (ex., word walls, other people and life experiences)
  • develops vocabulary by discussing characters and events from a story
  • uses strategies to comprehend text (ex., retelling, discussing, asking questions, using illustrations and sequences of events)
  • knows the main idea or essential message from a read-aloud story or informational piece
  • selects materials to read for pleasure
  • demonstrates phonemic awareness


The student...

  • writes a story that makes sense
  • stays on topic
  • demonstrates phonemic awareness
  • uses sight words
  • writes from left to right
  • leaves space between words


Number Sense

The student…

  • counts, reads and writes numerals to 10 or more and counts backwards from 10 to 1

  • knows that cardinal numbers indicate quantity and ordinal numbers indicate position

  • uses language such as before or after to describe relative position in a sequence of whole numbers

  • compares 2 or more sets (up to 10) and identifies which set is equal to, more than or less than.

  • uses concrete materials to represent whole number and fractional parts of a whole (ex., one-half and one-fourth)

  • counts orally by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s using concrete materials, pictures and hundred chart to show the concept of numbers

  • demonstrates and describes the effect of putting together and taking apart sets of objects

  • creates, acts out with objects, and solves number problems

  • estimates the number in a set and verifies by counting

  • builds models to show that numbers are odd or even


The student…

  • measures and communicates length, distance and weight of objects using nonstandard, concrete materials
  • describes the concepts of time, temperature and capacity
  • uses direct and indirect comparison to sort and order objects
  • uses uniform, nonstandard units to estimate and verify by measuring length and width of common classroom objects
  • knows and compares the value of a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
  • knows measurement tools and uses them for length, weight, capacity and time
  • knows and sorts 2-dimensional shapes (ex., circles, squares and triangles) and 3-dimensional objects (ex., cubes and cones)
  • recognizes and creates symmetrical figures
  • knows the attributes of circles, squares, triangles and rectangles

*Skills to Practice at Home*

 * Independent self-help skills such as putting things away, hand washing, toileting, eating and opening containers, tying laces, etc.

 * Practice one-step and multi-step directions

 * Cooperative Play

 * Knows, recognizes and writes name

 * Knows birthday, phone number, and address

 * Establish routines for various activities

 * Gross motor skills such as climbing and skipping

 * Fine motor skills cutting, pasting, lacing, etc.

 * Memory Games

 * Book handling skills