Kindergarten Expectations


Kindergarten speakers and listeners need to:

  • Follow agreed-upon rules for discussion
  • Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly

Kindergarten readers need to:

  • Understand key details of a text
  • Identify characters, setting, and major events in a story
  • Retell familiar stories
  • Understand the purpose of an author and illustrator
  • Read emergent-level texts with purpose and understanding
  • Understand Concepts of Print
  • Recognize and produce rhyming words
  • Know and apply grade-level phonic skills (blending and segmenting) and analysis in decoding words
  • Read common high-frequency words by sight (there are 38)

Kindergarten writers need to:

  • Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to create narrative, informational, and opinionated writing pieces.
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects
  • Demonstrate understanding of writing conventions-using correct grammar, using punctuation, capitalizing the first word in a sentence and the pronoun “I”
    Spell simple words phonetically, using knowledge of sound-letter relationships

Kindergarten mathematicians need to: 

  • Count to 100 by ones and tens
  • Write numbers from 0-20.  Represent a number of objects with a written number 0-20
  • Compare numbers (>,<,=)
  • Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10 (using objects or drawings to represent the problem)
  • Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value
  • Describe and compare measure attributes (length or weight)
  • Identify and describe shapes (squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres