What to Expect From the

    Kindergarten Curriculum:

    Language Development:  (reading, writing, speaking and listening)

    Attends and listens to others

    Follows simple oral directions

    Can communicate an idea to others using correct grammar

    Retells a familiar story in sequence

    Book knowledge:  holds books appropriately; starts at the beginning; follows print from left to right;

        understand the difference between a letter, word, and sentence in print

    Identifies alphabet letters in random order (capital and lowercase); understands letter and early sound symbol relationships

    Phonemic awareness: Recognizes and reproduces beginning and ending letter sounds, recognizes and reproduces rhyming words, claps syllables, counts words in a sentence

    Writes name (first and last) using a capital for the beginning letter only and lower case letters

    Writes alphabet letters

    Follows print accurately with one to one matching

    Learns to read high frequency words and word families (at, og, it, ut, ig, an, un, ug)

    Read on the child’s instructional level



    Identifies, describes, and classifies 2-D and 3-D shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, cone, sphere, cube and cylinder)

    Matches objects in 1-1 correspondence to 32

    Understands the concept of more and fewer; can orally name one more and one less when given a number

    Understands the concept of measurement: length, area, weight, capacity, time, and temperature

    Classifies, sorts, graphs and compares (same/different, more/less/equal)

    Solves addition and subtraction word problems using objects and drawings to find sums up to 10

    Explains addition and subtraction strategies using words, concrete and pictorial models, and number sentences

    Able to instantly recognize the number of dots in an organized and random order (subatizing) 

    Able to compose and decompose up to 10 with objects or pictures
    Compares quantities with objects, pictures, and numbers
    Recognizes and writes numerals to 20 


    Social Studies

    Gains information about the world from social studies themes studied (holidays and cultural differences) Identify George Washington, Stephen F. Austin, Christopher Columbus, Martin Luther King Jr. and their contributions to our country 

    Jobs and the purpose of having rules and authority figures

    Recognizes USA and Texas flags and says the Pledge of Allegiance

    Understands the purpose of group decision making (voting)

    Sequence and categorize information

    Recognize similarities and differences among people

    Recognizes a problem and proposes a solution

    Specifies main idea

    Recognizes how technology helps us

    Identify landforms (pond, mountain, prairie, and river)
    Understands the difference between needs and wants




    Participates in science exploration: observes and records changes in weather and temperature

    Learns to use and conserve resources and materials

     Identifies objects or organisms as living or non-living

     Learns what a scientist does

     Demonstrates safe practices when using tools and equipment

     Uses the five senses to learn

     Identifies patterns such as day and night or seasons and predicts what happens next

     Sorts organisms into groups according to their parts

     Identifies basic human, animal, and plant needs and understands that we depend upon each other

     Understands that the earth provides resources: studies rocks, soil, and water and their usefulness
     Studies plants, life cycles, and various
    animals (identifies body parts)

     Recognizes a problem and proposes a solution



    Physical Development:

    Demonstrates large muscle control (running, throwing, hopping, skipping, galloping, balancing)

    Begins to have a concept of personal space

    Demonstrates small muscle control (cutting, tracing, and writing):

           teach correct pencil grip (thumb and index finger on top), how to hold scissors (thumb on top)

    Learn to button, snap and zip his/her clothes; learn to tie shoes



    Social/Emotional Development:

    Is quiet at appropriate times (three types of voices: whisper, quiet talk, and loud)  

    Independence during restroom break
    Demonstrates self-control

    Follows class rules/school procedures promptly and courteously

    Cooperates in work and play activities

    Completes tasks as directed by teacher and works independently

    Respects others and their feelings

    Respects property of self and others
    Does simple jobs and is responsible for cleaning up work space
    Understand that personal health decisions and behaviors affect health throughout life