Saturday, December 16th, 2017

Reading and Language Arts

The kindergarten curriculum for reading and language arts places an emphasis on developing speaking and listening skills. Kindergarten children learn the letters and sounds that are the building blocks of words. They learn how to write the alphabet and a few of the most common words as well as their own names.

By the end of kindergarten your child will be expected to:

  • Say the alphabet and recognize all capital and lower case letters.
  • Learn the correct sounds for every letter of the alphabet.
  • Know rhyming words such as ham, ram, cat, bat.
  • Print his or her first and last name.
  • Listen to stories and answer questions such as who, what, when, where, and how.
  • Tell about an experience such as the trip to the zoo.
  • Speak and respond to questions using sentences.
  • Use appropriate behavior to participate in group-discussions. Work cooperatively in small groups to complete a specific task.
  • Point to individual words in a story.
  • Tell a story with a beginning, middle and end.
  • Use beginning writing and drawing skills to write or retell a story.

Read back and share his/her own writing.


Mathematics


The kindergarten curriculum places emphasis on the student's understanding of numbers, small quanties of objects and simple shapes in their everyday environment. They count, compare, describe and objects, and develop a sense of patterns. The students begin to add and subtract by combining and separating objects.

Kindergaren students should, by the end of the school year:

  • Count orally from 1 to 31 and write the numerals 1 to 10.
  • Match numbers with sets of objects (i.e., know that a set of objects contains the same amount regardless of the position of the objects).
  • Understand simple addition and subtraction using up to 10 objects.
  • Identify, sort, and classify objects by shape, size and color and identify objects that do not belong to a particular group.
  • Name the days of the week in order.
  • Understand that objects have characteristics, such as length, weight, and capacity.
  • Recognize a penny, nickel, dime, and quarter.
  • I dentify common shapes around them and describe their features (i.e., circle, triangle, square, rectangle, cube, sphere, and cone).

Science

The kindergarten curriculum covers the topics of exploring with the senses, features of living things and investigating pushes and pulls. Emphasis is placed on observing the world around them.

By the end of kindergarten, the student will:

  • Use their senses to make observations about the natural world and discuss their findings.
  • Discuss simple life functions, such as breathing, movement, elimination, re- sponding to changes, taking in food, and reproduction.
  • Recognize that science is an adventure in which all people can participate.
  • Describe the basic needs of living things (food, air, etc.).
  • Observe and list features which distin- guish living, non-living, and once living things from one another.
  • Explain how living and non-living things can be grouped using the characteristics they share.
  • Recognize that plants and animals need water to live.
  • Understand that human beings can sometimes disturb the environment in ways that harm other creatures.
  • Demonstrate that the position or motion of objects can be changed by pushing or pulling.
  • Organize, compare, and categorize similarities and differences among living things.

Social Studies


In kindergarten, the student will learn the concept that each person is unique. The student will also explore the ways people work together and how people celebrate together.

By the end of kindergarten the student will:

  • Verbally state his/her name, address, phone number, and date of birth.
  • Identify the names of various family members and explain how families can change over time.
  • Tell how everyone has feelings and how family members depend upon and help each other.
  • Describe how people are alike and how they are different.
  • Tell how honesty and truthfulness help people get along and stay safe.
  • Explain why rules are necessary.
  • Understand basic safety practices such as: crossing the street and traveling only with people designated by parents.
  • Describe how people in the community have individual needs and rely on each other.
  • Explain how people celebrate holidays to remember special events and/or people from the past.
  • Explain why people use directions to find their way.
  • Understand terms of location and direction such as: right, left, near, far, above, below, up and down.
  • Explain how time can be measured by hours, days, months of the year, and seasons.